Rapid Correction of hyponatremia causes demyelination

Relation to central pontine myelinolysis

B. K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Michael D Norenberg

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Abstract

The human demyelinative disorder central pontine myelinolysis may be an iatrogenic disease caused by a rapid rise in serum sodium, usually when hyponatremia is corrected. Rats treated with hypertonic saline after 3 days of vasopressin-induced hyponatremia had demyelinative lesions in the corpus striatum, lateral hemispheric white matter, cerebral cortex, hippocampal fimbria, anterior commissure, thalamus, brainstem tegmentum, and cerebellum. Thus, rapid correction of hyponatremia can lead to demyelinative lesions and may be the cause of central pontine myelinolysis in man.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1070
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume211
Issue number4486
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Central Pontine Myelinolysis
Hyponatremia
Demyelinating Diseases
Iatrogenic Disease
Corpus Striatum
Vasopressins
Thalamus
Cerebral Cortex
Cerebellum
Brain Stem
Sodium
Serum

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Rapid Correction of hyponatremia causes demyelination : Relation to central pontine myelinolysis. / Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, B. K.; Norenberg, Michael D.

In: Science, Vol. 211, No. 4486, 01.01.1981, p. 1068-1070.

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