Fast Five Quiz: Can You Quickly Identify and Treat Hyponatremia?

George Griffing, MD


July 16, 2014

In instances when the serum sodium level is < 105 mEq/L, the mortality is > 50%, especially in patients with alcoholism. The prevalence of hyponatremia is lower in the ambulatory setting. Severe hyponatremia (< 125 mEq/L) has a high mortality rate. Hyponatremia is more common in elderly persons because they have an increased incidence of comorbid conditions (eg, cardiac, hepatic, or renal failure) that can result in complications.

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