A 57-year-old woman presented with severe lethargy, dizziness and nausea 1 week after transsphenoidal resection of a growth hormone secreting pituitary adenoma. She was found to have severe hyponatremia of 115 mmol/L. Importantly, she was neurologically intact and clinically euvolaemic. Her fluid intake was restricted and her sodium levels increased to 131 mmol/L over 4 days. She made a full recovery.
She was diagnosed with isolated second-phase diabetes insipidus, a state of symptomatic hypoosmolar hyponatremia that usually occurs 7–10 days after transsphenoidal surgery. The sodium levels improve with fluid restriction.
- metabolic disorders
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.
Contributors AM and DP wrote up the case report together with MG’s constant review and advice.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.