Medical Glossary
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K (potassium) Is the symbol for potassium, the major positive ion found inside of cells. The chemical notation for potassium is K+. The proper level of potassium is essential for normal cell function. An abnormal increase of potassium (hyperkalemia) or decrease of potassium (hypokalemia) can profoundly affect the nervous system and heart, and when extreme, can be fatal.
Kidney Cancer A cancer that starts in the kidney. The most frequent sign of kidney cancer is blood in the urine. In adults, the two types of kidney cancer are Renal Cell and Transitional Cell.
KUB Film An X-ray showing the kidney, ureter, and bladder. This a plain abdominal X-ray and includes other structures such as the diaphragm above and the pelvis below.