What are the possible renal 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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Abnormalities of renal function often accompany acute or chronic hypokalemia. These may include nephrogenic diabetes insipidus. They also may include metabolic alkalosis from impaired bicarbonate excretion and enhanced ammoniagenesis, as well as cystic degeneration and interstitial scarring.


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