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What are the tests for water intoxication?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: History, phys, labs

History of excess "free water" intake; physical may have altered vital signs, mental status, focal neurological abnormalities.
Labs include serum and urine electrolyte (sodium, potassium) levels, and concentration (osmolality).

In brief: History, phys, labs

History of excess "free water" intake; physical may have altered vital signs, mental status, focal neurological abnormalities.
Labs include serum and urine electrolyte (sodium, potassium) levels, and concentration (osmolality).
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: History & Sodium

If clinical history suggests water intoxication, serum levels of electrolytes, especially sodium are tested to check of dilution of blood.
In addition serum osmolality may also be tested. Since water intoxication may produce altered mental status other tests, e.g., alcohol, substance abuse, diabetes etc may also be done.

In brief: History & Sodium

If clinical history suggests water intoxication, serum levels of electrolytes, especially sodium are tested to check of dilution of blood.
In addition serum osmolality may also be tested. Since water intoxication may produce altered mental status other tests, e.g., alcohol, substance abuse, diabetes etc may also be done.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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