Pseudohyperkalaemia: a rare complication of splenectomy

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid


Pseudohyperkalaemia is an uncommon and frequently unrecognised biochemical abnormality. It occurs as a consequence of aggregation and lysis of platelets in vitro. As a result, potassium is released, which causes an elevated serum concentration. We present the case of a 21-year-old man with a traumatic splenic injury necessitating laparotomy and splenectomy. Following surgery he developed hyperkalaemia. Further investigations diagnosed pseudohyperkalaemia, one of the causes of which is thrombocytosis secondary to splenectomy.

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles