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Does hyperkalemia run in families?

Hyperkalemia is a symptom of another disease or condition and does not technically run in families, but conditions that predispose an individual to the disorder can be inherited. Genetic defects that predispose an individual to Addison's disease, a disease that can cause hyperkalemia, can be inherited. Other inherited conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease, can also put an individual at more risk for high blood levels of potassium.

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