By Martin Andrew Crook
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DISCUSSION The plasma osmolality was not low despite hyponatraemia, suggesting pseudohyponatraemia. This is probably due to the gross lipaemia when measured by indirect sodium ion-detecting electrodes which some laboratories use to assay sodium (direct electrodes do not usually detect pseudohyponatraemia). 0 mmol/L = 254 mmol/kg, which differs markedly from the measured value of 290 mmol/kg. Disturbances of water and sodium metabolism If the feedback mechanism is intact, plasma ADH levels will already be high and the administration of exogenous hormone will not improve the renal concentrating power.
Isosmotic transport also occurs to a lesser extent in the distal part of the nephron. Ion exchange This occurs mainly in the more distal parts of the nephrons and is important for fine adjustment after bulk reabsorption has taken place. Ions of the same charge, usually cations, are exchanged and neither electrochemical nor osmotic gradients are created. Therefore, during cation exchange there is insignificant net movement of anions or water. For example, Na+ may be reabsorbed in exchange for potassium (K+) or hydrogen (H+) ions.
G. g. vincristine, chlorpropamide, carbamazepine, non-steroidal anti-inﬂammatory drugs, certain antidepressants, oxytocin and opiates can sometimes be synthesized by non-endocrine malignant cells, such as small cell (oat cell) carcinoma of the lung, and released ectopically. Inappropriate secretion of ADH, from the pituitary or hypothalamus, and therefore not ‘ectopic’, is very common in many illnesses, such as disorders of the pulmonary and central nervous systems. The diagnosis of SIADH is usually made by finding a urinary sodium concentration more than 20 mmol/L in the presence of euvolaemic hyponatraemia or low plasma osmolality and in the absence of hypovolaemia, oedema, impaired renal function, diuretic usage, adrenal insufficiency or hypothyroidism.