What are the possible muscular complications of hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Muscle weakness, depression of the deep-tendon reflexes, and even flaccid paralysis can complicate hypokalemia. Rhabdomyolysis can be provoked, especially with vigorous exercise. However, rhabdomyolysis has also been seen as a complication of severe hypokalemia, complicating primary hyperaldosteronism in the absence of exercise. [16]


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