Thursday, December 22, 2011

Free 1.5 CEU Hyponatremia: Etiology and Management in High-Risk Patients

Program Overview

Hyponatremia is a common serum electrolyte abnormality associated with a plethora of etiologies with differing pathophysiological mechanisms. Hyponatremia occurs in up to 20% of hospitalized patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It can be the result of a disease process, a side effect of certain medications, or a consequence of intense exercise. Conventional therapies for hyponatremia have variable efficacy and are often poorly tolerated. The availability of a new class of medications, vasopressin receptor antagonists, offers new opportunities in the management of hyponatremia. This activity addresses current issues in the diagnosis and management of hyponatremia, potential pitfalls and how they can be avoided, issues in the rate of correction, and the evolving management of this condition in a variety of clinical situations. A series of case histories is analyzed for the rationale for decisions in the management of this potentially lethal condition.

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