Influence of climate on the incidence of thiazide-induced hyponatraemia
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AbstractThe role of hot temperature has been implicated in thiazide-induced hyponatraemia; however, it has never been studied in a systematic manner. The aim of this retrospective study is to correlate the incidence of thiazide-induced hyponatraemia and climate factors in a university teaching hospital from June 1996 to February 2002. We evaluated a representative sample of 201 subjects with thiazide-induced hyponatraemia. Overall, 2.9 +/- 2.2 (range 0-10, median 3) cases of thiazide-induced hyponatraemia were encountered each month during the study period. There was no seasonal variation in the rate of thiazide-induced hyponatraemia (overall chi(2) test, p = 7.0). Thiazide-induced hyponatraemia was not more frequently reported in summer. There was no discernible correlation between the monthly number of cases and average air temperature (r = -0.056, p = 0.65) and relative humidity (r = 0.103, p = 0.40). On the other hand, patients who presented with thiazide-induced hyponatraemia in July and August had significantly higher serum sodium concentration, 118 +/- 7 mmol/l vs. 114 +/- 8 mmol/l in other calendar months (p = 0.016). Temperature showed a statistically significant positive correlation with the level of serum sodium (r = 0.20, p = 0.004). These data demonstrate that there are no seasonal variations in thiazide-induced hyponatraemia disorders, at least in countries with subtropical climate. The question arises whether hypotonic sweat loss mitigates the risk of excessive water drinking in hot summer.
All Author(s) ListChow KM, Szeto CC, Kwan BCH, Li PKT
Journal nameInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Year2007
Month3
Day1
Volume Number61
Issue Number3
PublisherBLACKWELL PUBLISHING
Pages449 - 452
ISSN1368-5031
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesGeneral & Internal Medicine; Medicine, General & Internal; MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL; Pharmacology & Pharmacy

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