What physical exam is conducted for patients with hyponatremia?

Updated: Jun 17, 2019
  • Author: Eric E Simon, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Examination should include orthostatic vital signs and an accurate assessment of volume status. This determination (ie, whether the patient is hypervolemic, euvolemic, or hypovolemic) often guides treatment decisions.

A full assessment for medical comorbidities is also essential, with particular attention paid to cardiopulmonary and neurologic components of the examination.


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