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Potassium Blood Test

Potassium Blood Test is useful in measuring the amount of potassium in the blood. 

Sample Report

Test Code: 733

Also Known As: Vitamin K

Methodology: Ion Selective Electrode (ISE)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Sample Report

Test Code: 001180

Also Known As: Vitamin K

Methodology: Ion-selective electrode (ISE)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Potassium is an electrolyte that is necessary for muscle and nerve function.  Generally, we receive most of the potassium that we require from food intake.  The body will use what it needs then the kidneys will dispose of what is not used.  If the levels are too low or too high, one could experience serious health concerns.  

Low levels could be seen in conditions such as:

  • Conn syndrome
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea and vomiting 
  • water pill intake
  • acetaminophen overdose complication

High levels could be seen in conditions such as:

  • dehydration
  • consuming too much potassium such as excessive amounts of fruits or juices
  • diabetes
  • infection
  • tissue injury
  • kidney disease 
  • Addison disease 

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