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Why Is Potassium High in Nephrotic Syndrome

Why Is Potassium High in Nephrotic SyndromeHigh potassium level is found among some people with Nephrotic Syndrome. Why is potassium high in Nephrotic Syndrome? Go on reading to acquire the answer. (With the help of online doctor, you can get the answer directly. )

-Declined kidney function

High potassium level is associated with declined kidney function. Because the damaged kidneys can not remove the excessive potassium from the blood.

-Potassium-sparing diuretics

As we all know, swelling is a typical symptom of Nephrotic Syndrome. If your swelling is very severe, your doctor may prescribe diuretics to help your body expel fluid. Improper use of potassium-sparing diuretics may increase potassium level in blood.

-Side effects of certain drugs

Almost all drugs have side effects. For Nephrotic Syndrome patients, they may have to take allopurinol, lisinopril, prednisolone, prograf and so on to control their symptoms, which may cause high potassium level.

-Improper diet intake

Nephrotic Syndrome declines your kidneys’ ability to remove potassium. In such case, if you eat food high in potassium, such as bananas and kiwi fruit, it is likely for you to have high blood potassium level.

-Acute acidosis

Acute acidosis makes potassium in cells transfer out of the cells, leading to high potassium level.

-Other factors

When Nephrotic Syndrome patients have injury, infection, less blood flow to kidneys, alimentary tract hemorrhage or some other aliments, their kidneys’ ability to discharge potassium will also be affected and massive potassium releases from tissue cells, raising blood potassium level in blood.

High blood potassium level will cause weakness, a feeling of numbness, nausea, problems breathing, skipped heartbeats, etc. If left untreated, it can even cause your heart to stop. Therefore, you should seek treatment promptly if you have high blood potassium.

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