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1

why may a normal potassium value in the serum of a DKA patient be misleading? why is this important?

cells are pumping K into the serum, but cells themselves are depleted of K
K levels need to be closely monitored and restored when glucose levels are brought down to avoid K depletion

2

what is pseudohyponutremia?

low Na levels in DKA patients may just be due to increased glucose concentrations which artificially make Na concentrations seem lower