Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Guinea Pigs

Blood biochemistry: potassium

Synonym(s): K

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Molly Varga

Overview

  • 98% of potassium is intracellular but passive and freely diffusible in and out of cells.
  • Major intracellular cation.
  • Changes in plasma levels reflect fluid balance, rate of renal excretion and changes in balance between intra- and extracellular fluid.

Sampling

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Tests

Availability

  • Widely available at commercial laboratories.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Test results only significant in conjunction with other laboratory results and clinical findings.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Ardiaca M, Bonhevi C & Montesinos A (2013) Point of care blood gas and electrolyte analysis in rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 16 (1), 175-196 PubMed.
  • Harcourt-Brown F (2013) Diagnosis of renal disease in rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 16 (1), 145-174 PubMed.
  • Benson K G & Paul-Murphy J (1999) Clinical pathology of the domestic rabbit: acquisition and interpretation of samples. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2 (3), 539-552 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Varga M (2014) Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier, London, UK.
  • Wesche P (2014) Clinical Pathology. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Medicine. Eds: Meredith A & Lord B. pp 124-137. BSAVA, Gloucester, UK.
  • Saunders R A & Rees Davies R (2005) Notes on Rabbit Internal Medicine. Blackwells, Oxford, UK.


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