Original communication| Volume 4, ISSUE 4, P510-527, October 1938

Blood potassium during experimental shock

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      The remarkably constant regulation of potassium by the body is altered during the condition of shock. Fluctuations suggest alternate success and failure of regulation, and a sudden increase precedes death. Peripheral blood samples are not always indicative of the changes taking place internally, especially in the fluids of closed cavities, such as pericardial and cerebrospinal fluids (Table III).
      IIIPotassium Content of Some Body Fluids at Time of Death from Shock
      Cerebrospinal fluid 32.9 mg. % K
      Lymph 30.3 mg. % K
      Pericardial fluid 49.8 mg. % K
      Peritoneal fluid 57.1 mg. % K
      Traumatized tissue fluid 77.9 mg. % K
      Detailed data from twelve cats (Table I), and supplementary information from sixteen other animals (Table II) are presented.
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