PubMed Paper on dehydration
Type of Spiritual Experience
Backgroundfrom the PubMed paper
Hyponatremia-induced psychosis in an industrial setting - Rakesh Kumar Singh and Suprakash Chaudhury; Department of Psychiatry, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
A description of the experience
Symptoms of hyponatremia can range from increased psychotic symptoms to seizures, coma and even death.
To observe the incidence of complications in severely hyponatremic hospitalized patients and relate outcome to rate of correction, all patients admitted to a tertiary referral hospital in New York City and a group of hospitals in Oxford with a sodium ? 120 mmol/L were studied. There were 84 episodes in New York and 100 in Oxford over a period of 9.5 months and 1 year, respectively; 79% had chronic hyponatremia (>3 days’ duration).
During hyponatremia, 76% of patients had clouding of consciousness, with 11% in coma. Other hyponatremic complications included long track signs (including hemiparesis) (6.0%), seizures (3.3%), hallucinations (0.5%), tremor (1.0%), intellectual impairment without clouding of consciousness (0.5%) and acute psychosis (0.5%). As many as 4.3% of the patients died as a direct result of their electrolyte disturbance.