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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Intravenous albumin infusion is an effective therapy for hyponatremia in patient with malignant ascites

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, New York, USA
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Chicago, USA

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.125116

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There are few reports about the treatment of moderate to severe hyponatremia associated with malignant liver metastasis. Here, we report using intravenous salt poor albumin infusion to treat hypervolemic cirrhosis related hyponatremia. A 58-year-old female with ascites secondary to metastatic breast cancer was referred to our department with symptomatic hyponatremia (serum sodium concentration of 121 mEq/L). The serum sodium level was corrected slowly over 2 days with intravenous albumin infusion and the patient's symptoms - fatigue, nausea, dizziness and headache improved.


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