The usual range for a person on a regular diet is 25 to 120 milliequivalents per liter per day. However, lower or higher urinary levels may occur depending on dietary potassium intake and the relative amount of potassium in the body.
Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
Higher than normal urine potassium levels may be due to:
Low urine potassium levels may be due to the use of glucocorticoids or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.
Too much or too little potassium in the diet may also affect test results.
Bazari H. Approach to the patient with renal disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 115.
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