Spurious hyperkalaemia

Spurious hyperkalaemia,10.1136/bmj.39119.607986.47,British Medical Journal,W Stuart A Smellie

Spurious hyperkalaemia   (Citations: 9)
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Although severe hyperkalaemia is life threatening and a medical emergency, spurious hyperkalaemia (pseudohyperkalaemia) is common in blood samples taken in primary care, often because of sampling conditions and storage and transport problems
Journal: British Medical Journal - BMJ , vol. 334, no. 7595, pp. 693-695, 2007
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    • ...Pseudohyperkalaemia (factitious, artefactual and spurious hyperkalaemia) is a condition in which the in vitro blood potassium concentration is raised but the in vivo concentration is normal. Misdiagnosis of spurious hyperkalaemia and failure to recognise true hyperkalaemia by attributing it to pseudohyperkalaemia can have detrimental effects on a patient’s health. Accordingly, in patients with unexplained hyperkalaemia, pseudohyperkalaemia needs to be excluded to avoid unnecessary and potentially detrimental therapy....

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