A Novel Neural Fuzzy Approach for Diagnosis of Potassium Disturbances

A Novel Neural Fuzzy Approach for Diagnosis of Potassium Disturbances

Mashhour Bani Amer (Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan), Mohammad Amawi (Princess Badi’a Teaching Hospital, Jordan) and Hasan El-Khatib (Princess Bassma Teaching Hospital, Jordan)
DOI: 10.4018/jhisi.2011070102

Abstract

In this paper, a neural fuzzy system for the diagnosis of potassium disturbances is presented. This paper develops an adaptive neuro-fuzzy expert system that can provide accurate diagnosis of potassium disturbances. The proposed diagnostic approach has many attractive features. First, it provides an efficient tool for diagnosis of K+ disturbances and aids clinicians, especially the non-expert ones, in providing fast and accurate diagnosis of K+ disturbances in critical time. Second, it significantly reduces the time needed to accomplish precise diagnosis of K+ disturbances and thus enhances the healthcare standards. Third, it is capable of diagnosing the different types of potassium disturbances using a hybrid neural fuzzy approach. Finally, it has good accuracy (higher than 87%), specificity (100%), and average sensitivity (83%). The performance of the proposed diagnostic system was experimentally evaluated and the achieved results confirmed that the proposed system is efficient and accurate in diagnosing K+ disturbances.
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1. Introduction

Severe potassium disturbances are medical emergencies that disturb the function of different biological organs specially the cardiovascular system (Kamel, Quaggin, Scheich, & Happerin, 1994; Young, Lin, & McCabe, 1995; Hulting, 1981; Lummc & Jouncla, 1986). These disturbances are usually caused by cardiovascular, neuromuscular, renal, and metabolic clinical manifestations (Srivastava & Young, 1995; Nordrchaug, Johannessen, & von der Lippc, 1985; Ascherio et al., 1996; Barri & Wingo, 1997; Steiness & Olesen, 1976; Dyckner, 1990; Farquharson & Struthers, 2002; Fransc, Di Bari, Somes, Cushman, & Applegate, 2000; Macdonald & Struthers, 2004). Of course, the fast and accurate the diagnosis is made, the less the complications are. Thus, there is a clinical need for a computerized intelligent approach that can provide accurate and rapid diagnosis of potassium disturbances.

The conventional clinical procedure for diagnosis of potassium disturbances is based on routine measurement of potassium concentration in blood and classifying the result based on the clinician’s experience into three main categories: hypokalemia (if K+ < 3.5 mEq/L), normal (3.5 mEq≤ K+ ≤ 5.5 mEq/L) and hyperkalemia (K+ > 5.5 mEq/L) (Giebisch & Wang, 1996; Sterns, Cox, Fieg, & Singer, 1981; Either, Kamel, Magner, Leman, & Halperin, 1990). In addition, an assessment of electrocardiogram (ECG) should be carried out because many electrocardiographic changes are associated with K+ disturbances. Hypokalemia (HPO) produces sagging of the QT interval, depression or flattening of the T wave and slight widening of the QRS (Tolins, Hostetter, & Hostetter, 1987; Nora & Berns, 1989; Marriott, 1988; Gennari, 1998). Hyperkalemia (HPR) is characterized by increased PR interval, widening of QRS complex, peaked T wave and shortening of the QT interval (Wrenn, Slovis, & Slovis, 1991; Acker, Johnson, Palevsky, & Greenberg, 1998; Aslam, Friedman, & Ifudu, 2002; Pastor, Castellanos, Moleiro, & Myerburg, 2001; Shiraishi et al., 2004; Montague, Ouelltte, & Buller, 2008; Nemati & Taheri, 2010).

The proper treatment of the potassium disturbances depends not only on the existence of changes in the ECG waveform but also on the value and direction (increasing or decreasing) of these changes with respect to the normal values (Montague, Ouelltte, & Buller, 2008; Nemati & Taheri, 2010). The accurate and fast extraction of these changes require computational device because the visual inspection of patient’s ECG as done in conventional diagnostic procedures (CDPs) will not result in precise and rapid diagnosis of K+ disturbances. The CDPs require large time to extract the ECG features and do not relate the diagnosis with different changes in these features. Thus, the need for a computerized intelligent approach to simplify and speed the diagnosis process is very essential for assessment of K+ disturbances.

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