Iatrogenic Severe Hypernatremia: A Case Report
Keywords:Hypernatremia; Lactulose; Hepatic encephalopathy
AbstractLactulose is a common first-line therapy for acute and chronic hepatic encephalopathy, which is generally considered a safe medication and used liberally. This report aims to highlight an uncommon but serious side effect of using lactulose. A case study is presented of a severe and acute hypernatremia caused by lactulose therapy for acute hepatic encephalopathy precipitated by a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedure.
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