SAN-E ISHIKAWA, M.D.; TOSHIKAZU SAITO, M.D.; KENZO KANEKO, M.D.; OKADA KOJI, M.D.; TAKESHI KUZUYA, M.D.
Severe hyponatremia developed within 2 weeks of head injuries in three elderly patients. Before the head injuries occurred, normal serum levels of sodium had been found in two of the three patients. Hyponatremia (105 to 117 meq/L) was associated with persistently increased urinary excretion of sodium. The patients appeared dehydrated and had lost weight. The mean plasma level of antidiuretic hormone was 5.0 ±1.6 (SD) pg/mL, which was relatively high despite decreased osmolality. Plasma renin activity was suppressed to 0.25 ±0.13 ng/mL h, and plasma aldosterone levels measured low-normal or normal. Plasma renin activity and plasma aldosterone levels remained unchanged after the patients were given furosemide and placed in an upright position. The hyponatremia promptly resolved after the administration of fludrocortisone acetate, 0.1 to 0.4 mg/d. These observations indicate that severe hyponatremia occurs in elderly persons rapidly after head injuries, that it responds well to mineralocorticoid hormone therapy, and that both central nervous system and renal components may be involved in the mechanisms of action of the disorder.
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
ISHIKAWA S, SAITO T, KANEKO K, KOJI O, KUZUYA T. Hyponatremia Responsive to Fludrocortisone Acetate in Elderly Patients After Head Injury. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:187-191. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-187
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):187-191.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, Nephrology, Neurology.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only