Hyponatremia (Low Sodium) (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Often, hyponatremia is found incidentally when a patient is being evaluated for another condition. Blood tests for electrolyte status are done routinely to screen for many illnesses, and hyponatremia can be noted.
It is important to remember that the major problem with hyponatremia is cerebral edema. Therefore, medical care should be sought when individuals develop altered mental status, confusion, or lethargy; have had a seizure; or cannot be wakened. In these situations, activating emergency medical service (calling 911 if available) should be considered.
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