ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2015) 37 EN2.2 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.37.EN2.2

Challenges in diagnosis, treating and managing patients presenting with hyponatraemia, polydipsia and polyuria: implications for nursing practice

Anne Marland1 & Philip Yeo2


1Oxford University Trust Hospitals, Oxford, UK; 2The London Clinic, London, UK.


Hyponatraemia, defined as a serum sodium concentration <135 nmol/l, is the most common disorder of body fluid and electrolyte balance encountered in clinical practice. Management of patients notoriously remains problematic and is associated with increased mortality, morbidity and length of hospital stay. The aim of this oral presentation will be to highlight and discuss new European guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hyponatraemia. We will present patient case studies in which various clinical scenarios will be identified; this will include many of the different causes of hyponatraemia, consequent treatment and management.

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