II. Physiology: Sodium homeostasis

III. Interpretation: General

  1. Normal: 135-145 mEq/L
  2. Abnormal
    1. Hypernatremia
      1. Serum Sodium over 145
    2. Hyponatremia
      1. Serum Sodium under 135

IV. Interpretation: Corrected Serum Sodium for Glucose

  1. Glucose draws water into the intravascular space via osmotic pressure, and dilutes Serum Sodium
    1. Measured Serum Sodium in hyperglycermia is a true Hyponatremia
    2. However the Serum Sodium corrects with normalization of Glucose
  2. Adjust measured Serum Sodium (sNa) upwards by 1.6 meq/L per 100 mg/dl increase in plasma Glucose
    1. Corrected Serum Sodium = sNa + 0.016 * (Serum Glucose - 100)
    2. Katz (1973) N Engl J Med 289(16): 843-4 [PubMed]
  3. Alternative equation suggests correction should be 2.4 meq/L per 100 mg/dl increase in plasma Glucose
    1. Although Hillier equation is thought more accurate, Katz equation is used most commonly
    2. Hillier (1999) Am J Med 106(4): 399-403 [PubMed]

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Ontology: Serum sodium measurement (C0523891)

Definition (NCI) A quantitative measurement of the amount of sodium present in a sample of serum.
Definition (ALT) Analyzing a client/patient's blood, hair, urine and/or other sample to assess his or her serum sodium levels. Service is billed per test.
Concepts Laboratory Procedure (T059)
SnomedCT 166691007, 143995000, 104934005
CPT 84295
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Dutch serum natrium
French Sodium sérique
German Natrium im Serum
Italian Sodio sierico
Portuguese Sódio sérico
Spanish Sodio en suero, Sodio; serico, medición de sodio en suero (procedimiento), medición de sodio en suero
Japanese 血清ナトリウム, ケッセイナトリウム
Czech Sodík v séru
Hungarian Szérum nátrium