In this large registry analysis, of the 8% of patients who had preoperative hyponatremia (<135), mortality at 30 days was significantly higher than those without hyponatremia (5.2% versus 1.3%). It is not known, however, if delaying surgery or correcting the hyponatremia will lower the risk (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.