Fast Five Quiz: Hyperkalemia Signs and Symptoms

A. Brent Alper, Jr, MD, MPH


December 07, 2021

Depressed or absent deep tendon reflexes may be present in a patient with hyperkalemia, as well as skeletal muscle weakness and flaccid paralysis. Patients with ileus may have hypoactive or absent bowel sounds. Vital signs are generally normal in patients with hyperkalemia; bradycardia (due to heart block) or tachypnea (due to muscle weakness) is occasionally present.

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