Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment 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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The following consultations may be appropriate, depending on clinical findings, for diagnosing and managing underlying conditions in patients with hypokalemia:

  • Renal specialist for evaluation of unexplained urine potassium losses suggested to be secondary to a tubular disorder

  • Endocrinologist if Cushing syndrome, primary hyperaldosteronism, glucocorticoid-remediable hypertension, or congenital adrenal hyperplasia is suggested

  • Psychiatrist or other mental health professional for alcoholism or eating disorders

  • Dietitian in cases of hypokalemia due to inadequate dietary intake

  • Surgeon for etiologies such as renal artery stenosis, adrenal adenoma, intestinal obstruction producing massive vomiting, and villous adenoma


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