Survival after severe hypernatremia due to salt ingestion by an adult

Am J Med. 1985 Jan;78(1):176-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9343(85)90483-8.


An 85-year-old woman was brought to the hospital with a serum sodium level of 193 mmol/liter following salt ingestion. She was treated with free water replacement and recovered within 48 hours. She represents the sole survivor of salt ingestion of this severity in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Fluid Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypernatremia / therapy*
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • Sodium / blood
  • Sodium / urine


  • Sodium