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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Beer potomania: a case report
  1. Nimesh Bhattarai,
  2. Poonam Kafle,
  3. Mukta Panda
  1. University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Internal Medicine, Suite 208, 960 E. Third Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
  1. Correspondence to Nimesh Bhattarai, nimsbdr{at}


A syndrome of hyponatraemia associated with excessive beer drinking was first recognised in 1971. This syndrome has been referred to as beer potomania. Dilutional hyponatraemia occurs due to excessive consumption of an exclusive beer diet which is poor in salt and protein. We report a case of beer potomania who improved dramatically with introduction of solute load, with no subsequent neurological sequelae.

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