Medical Mnemonics: Causes of Hypernatremia



It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday! Here’s a new high-yield medical mnemonic and internal medicine board review topic. Hypernatremia is a potentially serious condition where the serum of plasma sodium in an individual exceeds 145mEq/L. The condition is generally seen in mentally and physically impaired people. Symptoms of hypernatremia include fatigue, cramps, confusion, seizures, and coma. Causes of hypernatremia can be remembered by the 6 Ds:
  • Diuretics
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Docs (iatrogenic)
  • Diarrhea
  • Disease: Kidney, Sickle Cell, Etc…
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