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Potassium is maintained within a relatively narrow range of 3.5-5 mEq/l in the blood and extracellular space. The primary intracellular electrolyte, potassium produces a high osmotic pressure to maintain cell volume. Potassium is essential for maintaining a normal cell resting membrane potential and for generating and propagating action potentials in excitable tissues. Potassium imbalances are responsible for the most common electrolyte-induced alterations in nerve and muscle cell ....

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationxPharm
Subtitle of host publicationThe Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780080552323
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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