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Hypernatremia --what is the treatment?
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Dr. James Cain
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Water
High sodium is usually the result of water loss.
This happens when a person loses their sense of thirst or is unable to obtain water when thirsty. Alternatively high na may be from infusion or ingestion of excess salt. The treatment may require water and diuretics, dialysis could be useful in some cases. This is the rarer of the two causes.If conscious these patients are very thirsty.

In brief: Water
High sodium is usually the result of water loss.
This happens when a person loses their sense of thirst or is unable to obtain water when thirsty. Alternatively high na may be from infusion or ingestion of excess salt. The treatment may require water and diuretics, dialysis could be useful in some cases. This is the rarer of the two causes.If conscious these patients are very thirsty.
Dr. James Cain
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