Water Intoxication and Child Abuse

Norma A. Metheny, Kathleen L. Meert

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[Figure presented] Contribution to Emergency Nursing Practice: • Forced water intake with subsequent hyponatremia is a potentially fatal form of child abuse. • Health care workers should consider forced water intoxication in the differential diagnosis of otherwise unexplained hyponatremia. • Hyponatremic encephalopathy can usually be reversed if proper treatment is initiated promptly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


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