When is additional evaluation indicated after a diagnosis 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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Once a cause has been determined for hypokalemia and the condition has been treated as per the diagnosis, ensuring that treatment plans are adequate is imperative. Evaluate for more unusual secondary causes. If an unusual cause of hypokalemia is suggested, either by specific clinical features or failure to respond to initial therapy, evaluation can at least begin while the patient is hospitalized. However, evaluation often can be completed in an outpatient setting.


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