Outcomes in Severe Hyponatremia Treated with and Without Desmopressin (DDAVP).

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Outcomes in Severe Hyponatremia Treated with and Without Desmopressin (DDAVP).

Am J Med. 2017 Oct 20;:

Authors: MacMillan TE, Cavalcanti RB

BACKGROUND: Overcorrection of plasma sodium in severe hyponatremia is associated with osmotic demyelination syndrome. Desmopressin (DDAVP) can prevent overcorrection of plasma sodium in hyponatremia. The objective of this study is to compare outcomes in hyponatremia based on DDAVP usage.
METHODS: Retrospective, observational study including all admissions to internal medicine with hyponatremia (plasma sodium concentration < 123 mEq/L), from 2004-2014 at two academic hospitals in Toronto, Canada. Primary outcome was safe sodium correction (<=12 mEq/L in any 24-hour and <=18 mEq/L in any 48-hour period).
RESULTS: We identified 1450 admissions with severe hyponatremia; DDAVP was administered in 254 (17.5%). Although DDAVP reduced the rate of change of plasma sodium, fewer patients in the DDAVP achieved safe correction (174/251, 69.3% vs. 970/1164, 83.3%); this result was driven largely by overcorrection occurring before DDAVP administration in the rescue group. Among patients receiving DDAVP, most received it according to a reactive strategy, where DDAVP was given following a change in plasma sodium within correction limits (174/254, 68.5%). Suspected osmotic demyelination syndrome was identified in 4/1450 (0.28%) admissions. There was lower mortality in the DDAVP group (3.9 vs. 9.4%), although this is likely affected by confounding. Length of stay in hospital was longer in those who received DDAVP according to a proactive strategy.
CONCLUSIONS: Although observational, these data support a reactive strategy for using DDAVP in patients at average risk of osmotic demyelination syndrome, as well as a more stringent plasma sodium correction limit of 8 mEq/L in any 24-hour period for high-risk patients. Further studies are urgently needed on DDAVP use in treating hyponatremia.

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