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What would cause the lose of sodium after surgery?

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What would cause the lose of sodium after surgery?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 8 years ago.
Hi there,

By loss of sodium, do mean low sodium level in the blood? or increased loss of sodium in urine?

Which surgery was performed?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She adominal surgery to repair a hernia, this is the second time as the first time the (I don't know the correct name) material they used was rejected. the low sodium level is in the blood.
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 8 years ago.
Low sodium levels (hyponatremia) in a patient who has just undergone surgery can be due excessive fluid loss (bleeding), kidney failure or due to intravenous fluid replacement with hypotonic fluids.

Acute kidney failure can be evaluated with blood and urine tests. Another possible cause is adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal gland secretes various hormones which are required for retaining sodium ions in the body. Deficiency of these hormones during postoperative period can cause hyponatremia.

Regular monitoring of electrolytes is required after any surgery to detect any early abnormalities in the levels. Prognosis is good with early diagnosis and treatment.

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