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High Blood Sodium Overview

Another name for High Blood Sodium is Hypernatremia.

What is hypernatremia?
A person with hypernatremia has abnormally high levels of sodium in the bloodstream. Hypernatremia is commonly caused by dehydration or a drug side effect.

What are the symptoms of hypernatremia?
Symptoms of hypernatremia include muscle tremors, irritability, confusion, and fatigue.

How does the doctor treat hypernatremia?
Treatment for hypernatremia may include oral fluids or intravenous fluids.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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