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SG Ball
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Volume 40: Issue 3: 2010




Hyponatraemia  is  present  in  15–20%  of  non-selected  emergency admissions to hospitals in the UK. It is associated with increased mortality and morbidity  as  well  as  increased  duration  of  stay,  independent  of  the  cause  for admission. Hyponatraemia is therefore common and important, driving the need for a rational but practical management strategy. This must encompass a stratified approach based on clinical presentation, balancing diagnostic uncertainty and the relative merits of different interventions to achieve the best outcome.