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The first symptom of hyperkalaemia is death
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    The context of the test alters the significance placed upon the result
    Dear Editor

    I see many results in which potassium falls (a little) above the normal range.[1] I was wondering at what level I should be concerned about sudden death being the presenting symptom.

    I reflected that the context in which the result was found affects my decision making.

    A routine test which identifies a raised value, is less alarming than a test which is done for a reason, such as the presence of s...

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