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Use of Oral Mannitol in the Oedematous Patient

Br Med J 1970; 1 doi: (Published 21 February 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:463
  1. J. W. James,
  2. R. A. Evans


    Oral mannitol 200 g. was given on 24 occasions to patients with intractable oedema (cardiac, renal, or hepatic) and produced a mean weight loss of 3 kg. The procedure was found to be a safe, rapid, and effective method of treating oedema, and it should be used when diuretic therapy proves ineffective, particularly in the presence of hyponatraemia.