Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2004 / Article

Canadian Gastroenterology Elsewhere | Open Access

Volume 18 |Article ID 591609 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2004/591609

D Mohamed Babatin, Samuel S Lee, "Vasopressin Antagonists and Dilutional Hyponatremia", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 18, Article ID 591609, 2 pages, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1155/2004/591609

Vasopressin Antagonists and Dilutional Hyponatremia

Abstract

The paradox of dilutional hyponatremia, as described by Ovid two millennia ago, continues to apply to patients with advanced cirrhosis today: they have unremitting thirst despite vastly increased total body water. Hyponatremia of less than 130 mmol/L occurs in 30% of cirrhotic patients (1), and is mainly due to the reduced capacity of their kidneys to excrete free water.

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