What is the effect of hypokalemia (low potassium level) caused by a shift from extracellular to intracellular space?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Hypokalemia caused by a shift from extracellular to intracellular space often accompanies increased excretion, leading to a potentiation of the hypokalemic effect of excessive loss. Intracellular shifts of potassium often are episodic and frequently are self-limited, as, for example, with acute insulin therapy for hyperglycemia.


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