Pronounced: hahy-per-nuh-TREE-mee-uhEn Español (Spanish Version)
Hypernatremia is a condition in which the level of sodium in the body is too high. This happens when there is an imbalance in the amount of water and sodium in the body—too little water, too much sodium. This condition may be serious. It requires care from your doctor.
The main cause of hypernatremia is having more water leave your body than enter it. This causes dehydration. A person can become dehydrated in different ways, such as:
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Igor Puzanov, MD
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