Is hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level) more common in males or females?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Men are significantly more prone to hyperkalemia than women are. This difference has been noted in several series and stands in contrast to the increased incidence of hypokalemia in women. The reasons for this discrepancy are unknown. However, neuromuscular disorders, including myotonic and muscular dystrophies and related disorders that can predispose patients to hyperkalemia with succinylcholine administration, are more prevalent in males. [52]


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