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resistant hypokalemia

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  • Posted By: rajeshkumarprasad
  • October 6, 2008
  • 02:06 PM

my father 65 years old fell from stairs and he was admitted in a hospital where doctor advised him for total hip replacement in the meanwhile he developed medical problem hypokalemia,pneumonia and abdominal distension.after 14 days of hospitalisation we took him to other hospital and even after additional 24 days of hospitalisation his hypokalemai problem and abdomianl distension is not solved.
all relevent test has been done and patient is in ICU and IV potassium is given to him but of no use.one day value is 4 mmol/L other day it is 2.4 mmol/L.all relevent test has been done.{aldestrone,cortisol,renin,uric chloride,thyroid,magnesium,phophorus,calcium,abdominal ct scan,abdominal X ray,ultrasound,urinary potassium test].dcotors are saying that this is a resistant case of hypokalemia and they are not able to identify the medical cause of hypokalemaia and they are now saying that patient has to be shifted to another hospital other wise he will die.his heart beat is 115/minute and cardiologist told us we cant fly patient.
sir please guide me .
can u tell me what is the cause of hypokalemia in this case and how it can be treated.
is increased heart beat a concern.
is there a stage where hypokalemia becomes incurable.
please help me.

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