How do disorders of steroid metabolism and mineralocorticoid receptors cause hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
  • Print
Answer

Disorders of steroid metabolism and mineralocorticoid receptors

21-hydroxylase deficiency in its classic form and aldosterone synthase deficiency result in hyperkalemia due to low aldosterone levels. 11-Beta hydroxylase deficiency, 3-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency, and 17 alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency are generally not characterized by the development of hyperkalemia.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!