Which test should be performed to confirm an incidental lab finding of hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Because of a paucity of distinctive signs and symptoms, hyperkalemia can be difficult to diagnose. Indeed, it is frequently discovered as an incidental laboratory finding. The physician must be quick to consider hyperkalemia in patients who are at risk for this disease process. (See Etiology.) However, any single laboratory study demonstrating hyperkalemia must be repeated to confirm the diagnosis, especially if the patient has no changes on electrocardiography (ECG).


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