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How do other illnesses affect hyperkalemia?

Hyperkalemia is a symptom of other disorders or injuries, usually ones affecting kidney function. It is often found when a doctor is conducting routine blood tests or an electrocardiogram (EKG) because of other conditions. Acute or chronic kidney failure can cause the condition, as can Addison's disease and alcohol or drug abuse. High levels of potassium in the blood are life threatening and must be stabilized before the underlying cause can be addressed.

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