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Hypokalemia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hypokalemia. 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 low potassium?

    Why: usually without symptoms but may have muscle weakness or heart palpitations.

  2. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. liver failure, heart failure, nephrotic syndrome and Conn's syndrome may all increase aldosterone secretion and thus cause low potassium; bulimia nervosa may cause low potassium due to self induced vomiting; renal tubular acidosis causes low potassium.

  3. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. ileostomy causes increased gastrointestinal loss of potassium.

  4. Medications?

    Why: e.g. diuretics (especially thiazide diuretics) are the commonest cause of low potassium; laxative abuse causes increased gastrointestinal loss of potassium; corticosteroids and carbenoxolone may also reduce potassium levels; cytotoxic treatment for cancer, amphotericin and aminoglycoside.

  5. Dietary history?

    Why: e.g. licorice may reduce potassium; severe dietary deficiency may cause reduced potassium.

  6. Vomiting?

    Why: causes increased gastrointestinal loss of potassium.

  7. Severe diarrhea?

    Why: causes increased gastrointestinal loss of potassium.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hypokalemia:

The following list of conditions have 'Hypokalemia' 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: Hypokalemia:

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


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