When is emergency dialysis indicated in the treatment of hyperkalemia (high serum potassium level)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Emergency dialysis is a final recourse for patients who are experiencing potentially lethal hyperkalemia that has not responded to more conservative measures or for patients who have complete renal failure. Initiation of dialysis can often take several hours; therefore, even if dialysis is contemplated, the other therapeutic modalities should be instituted as a bridge to dialysis.

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