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Potassium is an electrolyte found in blood, urine and body fluids. It is required for the smooth functioning of the muscles and the nerves, maintain the fluid and regulate the body functions. Potassium helps to counter the effect of sodium in the body and thus normalizes the blood pressure. Potassium serum test measures the level of potassium in the blood. Even minor increase or decrease in the potassium levels in the blood may lead to serious health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
The potassium serum test is used to measure the amount of potassium levels in the blood. It may be done as part of a general health check-up or in specific cases of fluid or electrolyte imbalances. These may include diabetes ketoacidosis, kidney diseases, cardiac arrhythmia or any metabolic diseases.
Potassium serum test measures the potassium levels in the blood. Potassium levels along with sodium and chloride levels indicate the electrolyte status of the body.
During a blood test, a health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You may feel a little sting when the needle goes in or out. This usually takes less than five minutes.
Low levels of potassium may occur due to alcoholism, low potassium diet, loss of body fluids due to vomiting or diarrhoea, aldosteronism which is a hormonal disorder causing high blood pressure. It leads to muscle weakness and spasm, constipation, palpitations, numbness.
High potassium levels may occur in end stage kidney diseases, hemolysis, burns or traumatic injuries, or due to certain medications like diuretics and acute starvation. High levels may cause muscle weakness & numbness, mental confusion, nausea, vomiting, arrhythmia
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