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What causes hyperkalemia?

Most cases of hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium in the blood) are caused by problems with the kidneys, such acute or chronic kidney failure. Other conditions that can cause hyperkalemia, individually or in combination include

type I diabetesAddison's diseaseACE (angiotensin-converting enzymes) inhibitor medicationssevere burns or injuries that destroy red blood cellsdrug use or alcoholism that destroys muscle tissue (rhabdomyolysis), causing potassium to be released into the bloodoveruse of potassium supplementation.

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