What are the hypokalemia-related symptoms of hyperaldosteronism?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: George P Chrousos, MD, FAAP, MACP, MACE, FRCP(London); Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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Hypokalemia can be precipitated by non–potassium-sparing diuretics or sodium loading. Symptoms of hypokalemia include the following:

  • Constipation

  • Polyuria and polydipsia (because of impaired renal concentrating ability)

  • Weakness

  • If the serum potassium is low enough, paralysis and disturbances of cardiac rhythm [30]

Hyperglycemia or frank diabetes mellitus is possible because insulin secretion is a potassium-dependent process that may be impaired by hypokalemia.


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