What are GI 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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Hypokalemia decreases gut motility, which can lead to or exacerbate an ileus. Hypokalemia also is a contributory factor in the development of hepatic encephalopathy in the setting of cirrhosis.


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