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1 Hypernatremia and Fluid Resuscitation Staci Smith, DO

2 Hypernatremia serum sodium level >145 mEq/L hypertonic by definition usually due to loss of hypotonic fluid –occasionally infusion of hypertonic fluid due to too little water, too much salt, or a combination –typically due to water deficit plus restricted access to free water approximately 1-4% of hospitalized patients tends to be at the extremes of age

3 Mortality Eye Opener mortality rate across all age groups is approximately 45%. mortality rate in the geriatric age group is as high as 79%

4 Hypernatremia sodium levels are tightly controlled –by regulation of urine concentration –production and regulation of the thirst response normally water intake and losses are matched to maintain salt homeostasis, the kidneys adjust urine concentration to match salt intake and loss kidneys' normal response –is excretion of a minimal amount of maximally concentrated urine

5 Hypernatremia normal plasma osmolality (Posm ) –275 to 290 mosmol/kg Na is the primary determinant of serum osmolarity number of solute particles in the solution mechanisms to return the Posm to normal –sensed by receptor cells in the hypothalamus affect water intake via thirst –water excretion via ADH increases water reabsorption in the collecting tubules


7 ADH Mechanism of Action

8 Protection Mechanism major protection against the development of hypernatremia –is increased water intake –initial rise in the plasma sodium concentration stimulates thirst via the hypothalamic osmoreceptors

9 Hypernatremia usually occurs in infants or adults –particularly the elderly –impaired mental status may have an intact thirst mechanism but are unable to ask for water –increasing age is also associated with diminished osmotic stimulation of thirst unknown mechanism

10 Hypernatremia cells become dehydrated sodium acts to extract water from the cells –primarily an extracellular ion –is actively pumped out of most cells dehydrated cells shrink from water extraction effects seen principally in the CNS

11 Protective Mechanism cells respond to combat this shrinkage –by transporting electrolytes across the cell membrane –altering rest potentials of electrically active membranes intracellular organic solutes –generated in an effort to restore cell volume and avoid structural damage

12 Risk factors for hypernatremia –Age older than 65 years –Mental or physical disability –Hospitalization (intubation, impaired cognitive function) –Residence in nursing home –Inadequate nursing care –Urine concentrating defect (diabetes insipidus) –Solute diuresis (diabetes mellitus) –Diuretic therapy

13 Assessment Two important questions: –What is the patient's volume status? –Is the problem acute or chronic? Does the patient complain of polyuria or polydipsia ? –Central vs Nephrogenic DI –often crave ice-cold water

14 Clinical Manifestations lethargy general weakness irritability weight loss diarrhea twitching seizures coma orthostatic hypotension tachycardia oliguria prerenal :High BUN-to- creatinine ratio dry axillae/ dry MMM hyperthermia poor skin turgor nystagmus myoclonic jerks

15 Work-up : Sodium levels –more than 170 mEq/L usually indicates long- term salt ingestion – mEq/L usually indicates dehydration –chronicity typically has fewer neurologic symptoms

16 Lab Work-up : Sodium levels order urine osmolality and sodium levels glucose level to ensure that osmotic diuresis has not occurred CT or MRI head water deprivation test ADH stimulation

17 Hypernatremia Work -Up Head CT scan or MRI is suggested in all patients Traction on dural bridging veins and sinuses Leads to intracranial hemorrhage –most often in the subdural space

18 Intracranial Hemorrhage


20 Treatment Replace free water deficit –IVF –TPN / tube feeds Rapid correction of extracellular hypertonicity –passive movement of water molecules into the relatively hypertonic intracellular space –causes cellular swelling, damage and ultimate death

21 Treatment First, estimate TBW (Total Body Water) –TBW=.60 x IBW x 0.85 if female & 0.85 if elderly IBW for women= 100 lbs for the first 5 feet and 5lbs for each additional inch IBW men= 110 lbs for the first 5 feet and 5 lbs for each additional inch Our pt IBW= 120 (5 ft, 4) TBW= 52.0 –=.60 x 120 x

22 General Treatment Next, calculate the free water deficit Free water deficit= TBW x (serum Na - 140/140) Our Pts FWD= 52 x ( /140) –= 52 x 0.1 –= 5.2 L free water deficit

23 Avoiding Complications: Cerebral Edema Acute hypernatremia –occurring in a period of less than 48 hours –can be corrected rapidly (1-2 mmol/L/h) Chronic hypernatremia –rate not to exceed 0.5 mmol/L/h or a total of 10 mmol/d –Change in conc of Na per 1L of infusate = conc of Na in serum- conc of Na in infusate / TBW + 1

24 Common Na Contents 5% dextrose in water (D5W) 0 mEq Na 0.2% sodium chloride in 5% dextrose in water (D5 1/4 NS) 34 mmol/L 0.9 NS154 mmol/L 0.45NS77 mmol/L Lactated Ringers130 mmol/L

25 Hypervolemic Hypernatremia Hypertonic saline Sodium bicarbonate administration Accidental salt ingestion Mineralocorticoid excess (Cushings syndrome) –ectopic ACTH small cell lung ca, carcinoid, pheo, MTC (MEN II) –pituitary adenoma –pituitary hyperplasia –adrenal tumor –Dx: Dexamethasone suppression test

26 Hypervolemic Hypernatremia Treatment –D5 W plus loop diuretic such as Lasix –may require dialysis for correction

27 Hypovolemia Hypernatremia water deficit >sodium deficit –Extrarenal losses diarrhea, vomiting, fistulas, significant burns Urine Na less than 20 and U Osm >600 –Renal losses urine Na >20 with U Osm osmotic diuretics, diuretics, postobstructive diuresis, intrinsic renal disease DM / DKA –increased solute clearance per nephron, increasing free water loss

28 Euvolemic Hypernatremia Diabetes Insipidus –Typically mild hypernatremia with severe polyuria –Central DI = ADH deficiency Sx, hemorrhage, infxn, ca/tumor, trauma, anorexics, hypoxia, granulomatous dz (Wegeners, sarcoidosis, TB), Sheehans U Osm less than 300 Tx is DDAVP

29 Diabetes Insipidus: Euvolemic Hypernatremia Nephrogenic DI = ADH resistance Congenital Meds – Lithium, ampho B, demeclocycline,foscarnet Obstructive uropathy Hypercalcemia, severe hypokalemia Chronic tubulointerstitial diseases - Analgesic abuse nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, medullary cystic disease Pregnancy Sarcoidosis Sjogrens synd Sickle Cell Anemia –U osm –Tx: salt restriction plus thiazide –Tx underlying cause

30 Euvolemic Hypernatremia Seizures where osmoles are generated that cause water shifts –transient increase in Na Increased insensible losses (hyperventilation)

31 Hypovolemia Hypernatremia Combo of volume deficit plus hypernatremia –intravascular volume should be restored with isotonic sodium chloride (.9 NS) before free water administration

32 Summary Dehydration is NOT synonomous with hypovolemia Hypernatremia due to water loss is called dehydration. Hypovolemia is where both salt and water are lost. Two important questions: –What is the patient's volume status? –Is the problem acute or chronic? Does the patient complain of polyuria or polydipsia ?

33 Summary Divide causes of hypernatremia into hyper, hypo, and euvolemic. Estimate TBW (Total Body Water) –TBW=.60 x IBW x 0.85 if female & 0.85 if elderly Free water deficit= TBW x (serum Na -140/140) Check electrolytes frequently not to replace Na more than 0.5 mmol/L/h or a total of 10 mmol/d Avoid cerebral edema

34 References Harrisons Internal Medicine E-medicine m/bicarbdeficit.php

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