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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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CASE REPORT Table of Contents   
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 410-414
Pseudohyperkalemia: Look before you treat


Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Ochsner Hospital System, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ana Rivera De Rosales
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Ochsner Hospital System, New Orleans, Louisiana
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.202773

PMID: 28352030

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Pseudohyperkalemia is defined as a reported rise in serum potassium concentration along with a normal effective plasma potassium concentration. We present a case report of a 57-year-old gentleman with a history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, who presented with an elevation in serum potassium along with a normal plasma potassium concentration. Through an exploration of the literature, we demonstrate that pseudohyperkalemia is an important phenomenon to watch for as it may sometimes lead to unnecessary and potentially dangerous treatment.


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