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Disorders of sodium balance: Hyponatraemia can occur during transurethral resection of prostate

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:853

A Better Way

If one monitors the balance of the irrigating solution used in
TURPs [and hysteroscopic procedures] one can prevent the development of
hyponatremia, pulmonary edema, etc. If an 800-1000 ml differential
develops [positive balance] the procedure should be halted until the cause
can be assessed and the problem corrected [obviously in an emergency this may
be impossible].

Prevention is always better than treatment

Robert Matz.M.D.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 April 2006
Robert Matz
Medical Director -QA&I/Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital,New York,Ny10029