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The Potassium test is used to evaluate electrolyte balance; patients on diuretic therapy and with renal diseases, particularly salt-losing nephropathy.
This test evaluates:
The Potassium test is also used to detect, diagnose, and manage mineral corticoid excess (primary aldosteronism, Cushing Syndrome, tumor with ectopic ACTH production, some cases of congenital adrenal hyperplasia); licorice ingestion. Potassium is increased in oliguria, anuria, urinary obstruction, renal failure due to shock (decreased removal of potassium), and renal tubular acidosis.