Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Hyperkalemia

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Elisa Mazzaferro

Introduction

  • Definition: serum potassium concentration > 5.5 mEq/L.
  • Potassium balance is regulated by potassium intake, serum pH, serum insulin concentration, cell breakdown and potassium excretion. 
  • Acute increase in serum potassium > 7.5 mEq/L can become life-threatening due to negative cardiac effects. 
  • Serum potassium > 7.5 mEq/L is usually clinically significant.

Pathogenesis

Pathophysiology

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Rubin S I (1998) Trimethoprim-induced exacerbation of hyperkalemia in a dog with hypoadrenocorticism. J Vet Int Med 12 (3), 186 - 188 PubMed.
  • Macintire D K (1997) Disorders of potassium, phosphorus and magnesium in critical illness. Comp Contin Educ Pract Vet 19 (1), 41 - 48 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • The Veterinary ICU Book(2002) Eds W E Wingfield and M R Raffee. Teton New Media, Jackson Hole, WY.
  • Veterinary Emergency Secrets, 2nd edn(2000) Ed W E Wingfield. Hanley and Belfus, Philadelphia.
  • The ICU Book, 2nd edn(1997) Ed P L Marino. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore.


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