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Hyponatremia in the context of cerebral salt wasting secondary to intracranial events has well been described due to increased release of natriuretic peptides. We describe a case of natriuresis leading to acute symptomatic hyponatremia associated with tachyarrhythmia and myocardial infarction.


A 72-year-old lady was admitted with atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular rate between 130-150 beats per minute, troponin positive chest pain, with high sensitivity troponin T of 1307 ng/L (<14 ng/L) and managed as type II myocardial infarction. 12 hours after admission she became acutely confused, agitated, associated with visual hallucinations and myoclonic jerks. On Examination she was dehydrated and there were no focal neurological features. Investigations showed acute hyponatremia with serum sodium (Na+) of 117 mmol/L (135 - 145 mmol/L) which 12 hours earlier, on admission, was 137 mmol/L, serum osmolarity 249 mosm/kg (275 - 295 mosm/kg), urine osmolarity 486 mosm/kg, urinary sodium of 160 mmol/L, pro-NTBNP 6575pg/ml (<450 pg/ml), 9am serum cortisol 575 nmol/L (140 - 690 nmol/L), TSH 4.72 mu/L (0.2 - 5.0 mu/L), FT4: 18.6pmol/L (10.0 - 24.0 pmol/L) and normal chest x-ray. She was treated with hypertonic saline (2.7%) 200ml followed by 0.9% saline infusion that corrected her serum sodium levels to 136 mmol/L over next 48-72 hours along with clinical symptoms gradually went back to normal. Repeat pro-NTBNP after recovery was 3153 pg/ml. Echocardiography showed normal left ventricular systolic function with normal atrial size and moderate mitral regurgitation with pulmonary artery pressure of 30mmHg. Based on acute onset hyponatremia and raised urinary sodium, we proposed diagnosis of hyponatremia secondary to salt wasting and we believe that in absence of acute intracranial pathology and raised pro-NTBNP, renal salt wasting was induced by acute rise in natriuretic peptides of cardiac origin either secondary to myocardial infarction or tachyarrhythmia. Paroxysmal SVT is a known cause of transient polyuria after termination but is not known to cause hyponatremia. Although well described in context of intracranial events, this is the first case of myocardial injury or tachyarrhythmia induced natriuresis leading to acute hyponatremia.


Salt wasting due to natriuretic peptides is not exclusive to intracranial events. Any cardiac event leading to sudden increase in natriuretic peptides can lead to natriuresis which if prolonged enough can lead to acute symptomatic hyponatremia.


1. Yee AH, Burns JD, Wijdicks EF. Cerebral Salt Wasting: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, 21(2), pp.339-352.

2. Tan SY, Nolan J, Craig K, Swainson CP. Supraventricular tachycardia, right atrial pressure, atrial natriuretic peptide and polyuria—a necessary sequence? J Int Med 1993; 233: 415-17.

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