Potassium is excreted by the kidney into the urine under the control of aldosterone. Urine potassium is measured as part of the urine U&Es panel. Clinical indications for requesting this test include the investigation of hypokalaemia, hyperkalaemia, states of hypoaldosteronism or hyperaldosteronism, and type 4 renal tubular acidosis. A measurement of urine potassium concentration is required to calculate the trans-tubular potassium gradient (TTKG).
|Tube||08 (UR) - Urine|
|Turn Around||A&E: N/A
Day Case: N/A
In-Patient: 6 Hours
Out-Patient: 24 Hours
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|Collection Con||Instructions for Lab Staff: Standard lab processing- No special requirements.
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