Which clinical history findings are characteristic of central pontine myelinolysis (CPM)?

Updated: Oct 09, 2017
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Severe hyponatremia is diagnosed in a person who presents to the emergency department with delirium. Electrolyte disturbances frequently cause encephalopathy. IV fluid therapy is administered, and serum sodium is normal by the next day. The patient's mental status improves, and he or she is more alert, but this is followed by neurologic deterioration 48-72 hours later.


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