When should treatment begin in symptomatic hyperkalemia (high serum potassium levels)?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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If the hyperkalemia is severe (potassium >7.0 mEq/L) or if the patient is symptomatic, begin treatment before diagnostic investigation of the underlying cause. Individualize treatment in accordance with the patient’s presentation, potassium level, and electrocardiographic findings. For example, patients with mild hyperkalemia may not need anything more than enhancement of potassium excretion.


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