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Is Potassium Level In Blood Of 5.9 A Cause For Concern?

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Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Question: I have a potassium level of 5.9. I had anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis hoping just dehydrated...I don't have any other medical conditions. I have been stressed for about a year and gained some weight. 15 lbs. I weigh 165 and am 5'10"
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Due to anaplasmosis

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms , normal potassium level is up to 5. this means you are having a mild hyperkalemia. hyperkalemia occur due to any condition that causes cell damage or kidney impairment,. since anaplasmosis cause muscle damage and kidney impairment, it must be the cause for elevated potassium levels. you need to check on you kidney function by blood test for urea and creatinin and a urine analysis. I hope I answered your question
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Is Potassium Level In Blood Of 5.9 A Cause For Concern?

Brief Answer: Due to anaplasmosis Detailed Answer: Dear Ms , normal potassium level is up to 5. this means you are having a mild hyperkalemia. hyperkalemia occur due to any condition that causes cell damage or kidney impairment,. since anaplasmosis cause muscle damage and kidney impairment, it must be the cause for elevated potassium levels. you need to check on you kidney function by blood test for urea and creatinin and a urine analysis. I hope I answered your question