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silicone implant disease and hyperkalemia?
Posted by: mae
Date: March 17, 2011 7:45 PM

I went to a general doctor for routine apppoment.with blood work. My potassium level was high 5.8, We did the test 7 days later it can back at 6.4. I eat very healthly, and I'm 94 pounds. So when I was told I have hyperkalemia I was very upset. So I was referred to a kidney doctor, who did ultrasound of the kidney and bladder, a 24 hr urine, renal function and another potassium test 7 days later. I was told to eat no more than 1000 mg. of potassium a day which I did. I was told one kidney was smaller and that was normal and the small one was atropic, I do not have kidney disease. My sodium level was low and the potassium was 4.6. My electrolytes are all out of balanced. I have silicone implants that we placed 25 years ago, and one was leaking 6 years ago and now it has ruptured. My question is: if the silicone is bleeding into my lymph nodes could this cause my inbalance of electroytes?

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at March 20, 2011 4:51 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: silicone implant disease and hyperkalemia?
Posted by: drron
Date: March 17, 2011 11:23 PM

I can think of no way that would be the case. Two factors determine electrolyte balance. One is intake of electrolytes and the other is kidney function. If it is true your kidneys are functioning well, that leaves intake. That is as far as I can take it except to say that bananas contain high levels of potassium. I am not sure how many bananas you would heve to consume to get this mild case of hyperkalemia. Causes of hyperkalemia which probably do not relate to you are trauma, burns, surgical procedures, destruction of tumor cells or red blood cells, rhabdomyolysis, and diabetic ketoacidosis.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at March 20, 2011 4:51 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

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