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What happens to the resting membrane potential of a neuron if the extracellular K+ levels decrease (in response to kindey failure)?

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Decreased K+ levels due to kidney failure is a condition referred to as Hypokalemia. The normal concentration of potassium (K+) in the serum is in the range of 3.5-5.0 mM. ...

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