The nurse is caring for a patient with a pituitary tumor. The nurse assesses the urine and reviews the lab results. The urine specific gravity is 1.075 and urine output is minimal. What would the nurse expect the sodium level to be in this patient?

The nurse is caring for a patient with a pituitary tumor. The nurse assesses the urine and reviews the lab results. The urine specific gravity is 1.075 and urine output is minimal. What would the nurse expect the sodium level to be in this patient?

 

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Rationale

Antidiuretic hormone is excreted by the pituitary gland. Patients with pituitary tumors may experience syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone which results in an increase in total blood volume and more concentrated urine (elevated USG). This increase in blood volume results in relative hyponatremia which can lead to neurological symptoms.

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Management of Care

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Endocrine / Metabolic

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