The aim of this continuing medical education (CME) article (part II) is to describe the particular challenge of the treatment of hyponatremia, which occurs in older patients. This part II follows on from part I concerning the diagnosis in the previous volume. A staged approach is necessary. The best treatment is always when the underlying cause can be eliminated. Hyponatremia in older patients is mainly induced by the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secretion. The authors use a concept for the first, second and third line strategy: (1) changing or discontinuation of drugs, (2) fluid restriction and (3) tolvaptan medication. The algorithm for treatment should be simple. It also contains recommendations for the correction rate. Caution is also needed in order to avoid the occurrence of an osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS).
|Translated title of the contribution||Hyponatremia in older persons (II)-A clear treatment: How to detect tricks and avoid pitfalls|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 01.08.2020|
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)