- Hyponatremia assessment begins with an assessment of the severity, chronicity and of volume status.
- Severe, symptomatic hyponatremia is uncommon (~1% of patients), but it is a medical emergency.
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Video on working through a diagnostic algorithm for Hyponatremia
This section was adapted from content using the following evidence based resources in combination with expert consensus. The presented information is not intended to replace the independent medical or professional judgment of physicians or other health care providers in the context of individual clinical circumstances to determine a patient’s care.
Authors: Dr. Neesh Pannu, Dr. Rahima Bhanji, Dr. Marilyn Zeman, Dr. Vijey Selvarajah, Dr. Puneeta Tandon
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