total body potassium


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total body potassium

The sum of all the potassium in the human body, used as one indicator of muscle mass. More than half of the potassium in the human body is within skeletal muscle.
See also: potassium
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Potassium levels in DKA: Serum potassium levels may be elevated in DKA, but this is misleading because total body potassium will be depleted.
In addition, this may be appropriate when dialysis is not routine and has been for treatment of hyperkalaemia; in which case re-equilibration of elevated total body potassium stores will cause a prolonged and potentially concerning rise in potassium.
The most dangerous of these, total body potassium loss, is difficult to assess, because it is typically not mirrored in serum potassium levels--a factor that must be considered before treatment.
As measured by total body potassium, cell mass declined with age in women.
The measurement of total body fat by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry: comparison with skinfold anthropometry, bioelectrical impedance and total body potassium Basic Life Sci 1993; 60: 93-4.