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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr10.2009.2414.
Published online Apr 29, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.10.2009.2414
PMCID: PMC3047485
Reminder of important clinical lesson
Beer potomania: a case report
Nimesh Bhattarai, Poonam Kafle, and Mukta Panda
University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Internal Medicine, Suite 208, 960 E. Third Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Correspondence to Nimesh Bhattarai, nimsbdr/at/gmail.com
Abstract
A syndrome of hyponatraemia associated with excessive beer drinking was first recognised in 1971. This syndrome has been referred to as beer potomania. Dilutional hyponatraemia occurs due to excessive consumption of an exclusive beer diet which is poor in salt and protein. We report a case of beer potomania who improved dramatically with introduction of solute load, with no subsequent neurological sequelae.
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