The nurse is assessing a patient that underwent a unilateral adrenalectomy. To assess for hyperkalemia, the nurse should be alert for


• Hyperkalemia may result due to the inability of the adrenal gland to secrete aldosterone, a potassium-wasting hormone.

• Signs and symptoms of hyperkalemia include muscle weakness, arrhythmias, bradycardia, diarrhea, and nausea.

• Tremors, hypoventilation, and tachycardia are not common signs of hyperkalemia.

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