Diluted, Excreted or Concentrated: Sodium Disorders in Neurocritical Care Patients

Author(s): Blissitt Patricia

Contact Hours 1.20

CERP A 1.20

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Disorders of sodium, including syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), cerebral salt wasting (CSW) and diabetes insipidus (DI) are the most common electrolyte imbalances in critically ill neuroscience patients. This presentation includes a discussion of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup and management of sodium disorders in traumatic brain injury, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, central nervous system infection and brain tumors. Case studies are included.


  • Discuss pathophysiology of SIADH, CSW and DI.
  • Describe the clinical presentation and consequences of SIADH, CSW and DI.
  • Summarize management of the critically ill neuroscience patient with SIADH, CSW and DI.

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