Did he get the right Potassium Test Back?

@NailTech (6890)
United States
April 21, 2012 9:00pm CST
So I made a discussion on here a little while back about my dad and how his potassium level test came back as too high, around 8.something. Now a few weeks ago after they took it again it was normal. How the heck can it be back to normal so soon after being so high? He didn't even cut back on anything with potassium that much. Do you think the hospital gave him the wrong blood test results back the first time?
4 responses
@celticeagle (119841)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Apr 12
Well, I have heard of this sort of thing happening before. Like if you eat a whole lot of something and then have a test done. It is rather weird though. I wouldn't put it past the hospital to have made some weird mistake. I would hope not but they have been known to do so before. Hospitals that is.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
22 Apr 12
These hospitals are now filled to the brim with new Veteran patients since the war has been ended and they have more and younger people coming in. He goes to a Veteran's Hospital where he gets cheaper care but hopefully now the care won't be 'cheaper' in more ways than one.
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@celticeagle (119841)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Apr 12
Personally I don't care much for Vet's hospitals. My father was misdiagnosed in one. He was diagnosed with a stomach ailment when he actually had pacreatic cancer. I hope he gets better care.
@Mashnn (4503)
22 Apr 12
Hospitals are more careful when it comes to blood testing and is only in rare cases that such incidences have been reported/happened. Was your dad under medication before this blood text? Some medication may affect the blood potassium level. Was he given any medication to lower the potassium or only through diet?
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
22 Apr 12
I'm not sure if he was or not, or which ones he was taking. He thinks he might have had to much Potassium in his blood or whatever cause he took a drink that someone suggested to him that had tons of potassium in it. Otherwise he believes it was the wrong test. He was never given any medication to lower the potassium at all, in fact the Dr only called back and said she would give him a list of foods to avoid the next time he saw her in 6 months.
@Mashnn (4503)
23 Apr 12
Most probably it would have been caused by the potassium rich drink. It is good that it went down after a few days since high potassium is very dangerous.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Apr 12
My Mom got the wrong tests back one time. She had been fighting cancer for 20 years. AT the end her blood tests came back so high, you couldn't get much higher amounts in her blood and still be alive. Suddenly, this one private lab said she was normal. She hadn't seen them label the vial in front of her. She insisted that they run the test again and find out who they gave the wrong results. too. They insisted that she was wrong. She made them label it in front of her. Tests came back wicked high again. She insisted that they find the person who got her results. She reported them. The private lab has since closed. You and your Dad have the right to see them label the vials right in front of you with identifiers. There are 5 people in my area with my name. I watch them and make sure that my name, including middle initial (we all have different intials and dates of birth) and date of birth are on each vial. Are you sure you know all the things with potassium like sweet potatoes? It also has to do with a balance of sodium and potassium. Also has to do with kidney function. Around St. Pat's Day, my liver scores were nuts, I didn't drink anything, but the food coloring on the cupcakes raised heck with it.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
22 Apr 12
God Bless your mother, fighting cancer for 20 years, that's a long time. Wierd about the private lab thing. Yes I know some of the foods with alot of potassium, he hardly ever eats sweet potatoes due to his diabetes. Wow even food coloring can trigger make liver scores nuts, I never knew that.Thanks for the info.
@prince05 (92)
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
The hospital can or might be having the correct results, there are ways which you can lower down potassium levels, one is when you are having diarrhea, potassium levels are released in your poop. And also constant vomiting can lower your potassium levels. If your dad was not vomiting or having diarrhea after blood test where taken then there could be a possibility that the lab had a mistake. having a potassium level of 8 can be quite risky, our body should only maintain 3.5 - 5.5 potassium levels lowering your potassium levels can cause weakness, one thing also that causes potassium to rise up is when there is a dysfunction of the kidneys, you might want to check it again. If you are sure that your dad does not have any dysfunction on his kidneys then maybe we can rule out that there has been a mistake. with just 2 test that where taken and both having different results can cause discrepancies you might want to check it again and compare the results. if the 3rd one is close to 8 or above normal we might conclude that the lab did not make any mistake on it, but if it appears to be still normal then we could conclude that there was really a mistake.