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Hyponatraemia in the elderly patient


The elderly are at risk of developing hyponatraemia because of age related changes in renal function and body composition. Factors regulating sodium and water balance in the elderly are reviewed with emphasis on iatrogenic factors. Since rapid reversal of hyponatraemia may cause neurological damage in some patients, the optimum rate of correction is discussed.

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Solomon, L., Sangster, G. & Lye, M. Hyponatraemia in the elderly patient. Geriatric Nephrol Urol 2, 63–74 (1992).

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