What is the final step in the medical treatment of 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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The final step in the medical management of hyperkalemia is to determine the cause of hyperkalemia in order to prevent future episodes. This should include examination of the following:

  • Sources of potassium intake
  • Causes of decreased renal excretion
  • Causes of impaired cellular uptake

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