Life Threatening Yet Atypical Hypernatremic Dehydration
When dehydration results in an increased sodium concentration of the extracellular fluid, it is called hypernatremic dehydration or hypertonic or hyperosmolar dehydration. Hypernatremia, a frequently encountered electrolyte disorder, is defined as a serum sodium level greater than 145 mEq/L (145 mmol/L) and represents a deficit of water in relation to total body sodium. Yet, a rapid decrease of sodium levels can cause cerebral edema because of a rapid decline in the serum sodium concentration. Thus, dehydration should be corrected over 48-72 hours.
- Though hypernatremic dehydration requires a diagnostic, a physician should treat it at all times
- It is a medical condition and requires the expert treatment of a physician. Learn more about
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