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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 266-270

Hypernatremia: A systems-based approach

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Department of Nephrology, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sudip Nanda
Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_8_18

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Hypernatremia is a commonly encountered disorder in hospitalized patients in which the plasma sodium concentration exceeds 145 mM. The clinical approach to hypernatremia is often challenging for clinicians, as the underlying pathophysiology is complex and serious complications can result from its improper management. As such, the purpose of this manuscript is to provide the reader with a systematic clinical approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with hypernatremia. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care, Medical knowledge.

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