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Hyperkalemia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hyperkalemia. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Symptoms of elevated potassium?

    Why: may be without symptoms. Muscle weakness may be the only symptom.

  2. Complications of elevated potassium?

    Why: e.g. low blood pressure, reduced pulse rate, abnormal rhythms of the heart, cardiac arrest, sudden death.

  3. Recent vigorous exercise?

    Why: may cause elevated potassium.

  4. Recent severe burns?

    Why: may cause elevated potassium.

  5. Recent severe trauma, especially muscular crush injuries?

    Why: may cause elevated potassium.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some medications may increase potassium including amiloride, spironolactone, potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors, heparin. Note:- the combination of ACE inhibitor and potassium sparing diuretic ( e.g. amiloride or spironolactone) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is particularly dangerous.

  7. Symptoms of Addison's disease?

    Why: symptoms are often vague but may include e.g. weight loss, loss of appetite, tiredness, weakness, fever, depression, lack of menstrual periods, impotence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, fainting, abdominal pain, constipation, muscle aches.

  8. Symptoms of acute renal failure?

    Why: The early stages of renal failure are often completely without symptoms. Later symptoms may include tiredness, loss of appetite, insomnia, frequency of urination, itch, nausea, vomiting, restless legs.

  9. Symptoms of diabetic acidosis?

    Why: include symptoms of uncontrolled type 1 Diabetes mellitus (frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, tiredness, fatigue) and symptoms of acidosis (lack of strength, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain).

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hyperkalemia:

The following list of conditions have 'Hyperkalemia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hyperkalemia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Hyperkalemia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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