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Damaged muscle and (2) acute renal failure caused by release of myoglobin, which is filtered at the glomerulus but precipitates in the distal nephron. This impairs the ability of the kidney to excrete K+. 8 mmol/L. It is much more likely that the hyperkalaemia was an artefact caused by release of K+ from blood cells (in this case from lymphocytes). Other investigations in disordered K+ metabolism Fluid and electrolyte balance in surgical patients • Urine K+ measurements may be of help in determining the source of K+ depletion in patients with unexplained hypokalaemia, but are otherwise of little value.
Mild hypernatraemia may be caused by an excess of mineralocorticoids or glucocorticoids. g. NaHCO3 during resuscitation). Treatment may be with diuretics or, rarely, by renal dialysis. Other chemical investigations in fluid balance disorders Several other chemical investigations, in addition to plasma [Na+], may help when the history or clinical examination suggests that there is a disorder of fluid balance. Blood specimens Plasma urea and plasma creatinine: Hypovolaemia is usually associated with a reduced GFR, and so with raised plasma [urea] and [creatinine].
The hyponatraemia may be due, at least in part, to the ‘sick cell syndrome’, in which there is an inability to maintain a Na+ gradient across the cell membrane, because of an increase in permeability, with or without impaired Na+ pump activity. Other causes of hyponatraemia In all the examples of hyponatraemia discussed above, the low plasma [Na+] occurs in association with reduced plasma osmolality. Where this is not the case, the following possibilities should be considered: • Artefact: ‘Hyponatraemia’ is often caused by collection of a blood specimen from a vein close to a 22 Disturbances of water, sodium and potassium balance site at which fluid (typically 5% dextrose) is being administered intravenously.
Lecture notes : clinical biochemistry by Geoffrey Beckett, Simon W. Walker, Peter Rae, Peter Ashby