Why are military recruits, individuals with sickle cell traits, and people who abuse drugs at risk for 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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Military recruits, individuals with sickle cell traits, and people who abuse drugs are at risk for hyperkalemia because of acute rhabdomyolysis. These cases disproportionately occur in males, probably reflecting the higher muscle mass of males, though an underlying hormonal predisposition cannot be absolutely excluded.


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