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Decrease pressure: Mannitol is used to manipulate osmotic (or oncotic) forces to shift water from the tissue into the blood vessels. In the kidney, mannitol increases water excretion. So, in patients with increased intracranial pressure, the intent is to decrease the pressure by using mannitol to "pull" fluid out of the brain and then excrete it via the kidneys. ...Read more
No: Some will accelerate the GI tract motility causing diarrhea, but most sugar-alcohols are great diabetic substitute sweetener. They are less sweet than sugar, and artificial sweeteners are much sweeter. They do stimulate insulin, but less than glucose. Aspartmae is an artifical sweetener. ...Read more
Yes : Unfortunately erythritol, isomalt, sorbitol, and mannitol are recognized as a sugar source by the bacteria in our mouths and can cause cavities. Xylitol is the only sweetener that cannot be digested by oral bacteria. Chewed in small amounts (one or two pieces a day) xylitol can remineralize teeth. Gum with recaldent can also remineraize your teeth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diuretic: Manitol is a sugar like substance which is filtered by the kidney and not reabsorved like glucose would so it remains in the kidney tubules and it acts as a urine volume enhancer by pulling water and electrolytes into the urine space and ultimately out in the urine so as to be an osmotic diuretic. It is used mainly to reduce brain edema acutely. ...Read more
Need special tests: This is a rather sophisticated question. One that i can only answer in a very simplistic way. Basically, mannitol, sorbitol, adonitol, and arabinose are sugar alcohols. Not all bacteria can process these reduced sugars. The only way to tell is to have special media, each containing only one sugar alcohol with an indicator. Hen the media would be inoculated individually with the bacterium. ...Read more
Can streptococcus epidermis be + or - in msa or mannitol fermentation result? Any answers appreciated!
Should be: There is somewhat limited literature, but it seems to be a reasonable test. However, "very accurate" is subjective; it appears to have about 90% sensitivity, only about 50% specificity though. ...Read more
Frnd is suffering from cerebral edema for last one month but doctors never used mannitol...Can it be cure with oral tablets only?
Doctors are not using mannitol to cure cerebral edema..Are there other ways too? My friend is semiconscious for last one month..Plz suggest
How long can cerebral edema take to be cured. Doctors aren't giving mannitol. But there is improvement in friends health. 60% conscious now.
Each case different: It depends how severe is the brain edema and what the cause is. Mannitol is temporary treatment and only a protective measure. It usually resolves after a few days while the medical team tries to minimize damage with the different treatment modalities. Being conscious is the best sign of improvement. ...Read more