Out of balance

As the youth is delivered in the emergency Department in the Polish Bydgoszcz, you are disoriented, not able to hold a conversation, has problems to keep the Balance. Her condition is deteriorating rapidly, she loses consciousness. The Doctors lay you on the children’s intensive care unit of a University hospital.

The parents tell that their daughter had complained for two days of headaches and time and again had to pass. You do not take any medication or drugs and have had in the past few days, is no accident. You think, however, since a couple of months of the diet, and since about half a year not to use your period.

The heart of the patient is working with 50 beats per Minute is quite slow. The oxygen saturation in your blood is not below the desired values, but is still at a dangerous level. She is still unconscious. In addition, she suffers after Transfer to the intensive care unit seizures. The Doctors administered her a sedative, and ventilate them artificially.

Too little sodium in the blood

A blood test shows an imbalance of various substances, especially the patient has low amounts of sodium and chloride in the blood. The young people is very thin: At a size of 1.70 meters, she weighs just 45 kilograms. It is to be presumed that she is suffering from addiction to a skinny, as the Team of Aneta Krogulska in the journal “Eating and Weight Disorders,” writes.

It is still unclear what is behind your acute complaints. The medicine Years of interior to administer the 13-therefore, antibiotics and a drug that inhibits the multiplication of viruses, in order to combat potential pathogens quickly. In addition, you will receive an Infusion, which contains, among other things, sodium chloride, i.e. cooking salt. To bring your blood levels back into the healthy range. In addition, the Doctors give her a drug that promotes the excretion of water via urine.

The Team will continue to look for a cause.

  • A CT scan of her head shows no signs of injury and no other abnormalities.
  • Also, a magnetic resonance tomography provides no indication as to the cause of the disease.
  • A Toxicological Test is not that the problems are due to a poisoning.
  • An analysis of the nervous water makes an infection in the brain or spinal cord is highly unlikely.

Stable, but weakened

In the following days, the patient excretes a lot of urine, your blood pressure falls in a low range. The Doctors put, therefore, the drug that promotes the excretion of water. On the fifth day of his hospital stay, the girl needs no artificial respiration. On the seventh day have improved his electrolyte values, respiratory and circulatory System are so stable that it can be moved from the intensive care unit in the Pediatrics.

The patient is now stable, but weakened. The Doctors discuss whether or a hormone disorder, or a renal disease, your electrolyte balance confused, but the appropriate Tests have not confirmed this.

In a further conversation with the parents of these report that they were because of the weight loss of her daughter in concern. Therefore, she had agreed with her that she must weigh at least 50 kg, otherwise you will not be allowed to take her beloved dance lessons. For some time you were checking your weight once per week.

The dose makes the poison

Now, it turns out: The 13-Year-old has been drinking in front of this cradle dates of gallons of water to increase your weight. Least four litres of water were there – the day before the hospital admission. The young people had a water poisoning.

Also in the case of water, the old saying is true, that the dose makes the poison. In normal dimension of life, water is important. It is recommended to drink around 1.5 litres of water per day. Two or three liters – throughout the day – no Problem at all. Those who drink, however, within a few hours, several liters, lowers the sodium level in the blood is dangerous, as it happened in the case of the young people. Hyponatremia is the technical term for the condition that can lead to Deposit, among other things, dangerous water retention in the brain. In the worst case, can result in water intoxication and even death. In 2007, a woman died in the US after a water drinking competition.

The 13-Year-old is recovering from hyponatremia, your electrolyte balance is normalized. The Team will release you from the hospital with a Referral for a psychiatric evaluation.