Electrolyte imbalance/Disturbances

Electrolyte imbalance/Disturbances (also see Refeeding Syndrome): A potential consequence of self-induced vomiting, diuretic abuse and/or laxative abuse in patients with eating disorders.  Two main types of electrolyte disturbances are: (1) Hypokalemia: low potassium and (2) alkalosis: high blood alkaline levels. Either of these can lead to serious cardiac arrhythmias, seizures and/or muscle spasms.

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