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Don't Forget about Pseudohyperkalemia

Posted by Lori Hehn on December 16, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Whenever I have a patient with elevated potassium, my brain immediately jumps to Addison’s disease or urinary disease, because this was drilled into our heads during veterinary school.

If the rest of the lab work is unremarkable and especially if the patient is otherwise healthy, an elevated platelet count can be a cause of the potassium being elevated in the serum.

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Topics: Thrombocytosis, Pseudohyperkalemia

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