How does overcorrection of potassium occur?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Watch for overcorrection of potassium level. For example, in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and many other types of metabolic acidosis, the extracellular potassium level is elevated, yet the patient may have a total body deficit of potassium. Once the clinician initiates therapy for DKA, the extracellular potassium level decreases spontaneously.

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