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A 65-Year-Old Man With Severe Hyponatremia and Alcohol Abuse

Robert P. Dickson, MD; Andrew M. Luks, MD
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From the Department of Medicine (Dr Dickson), University of Washington, and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Luks), Department of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Correspondence to: Andrew M. Luks, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave, Box 359762, Seattle, WA 98104; e-mail: aluks@u.washington.edu


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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(2):445-447. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2974
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A 65-year-old man with a history of heavy alcohol consumption and cocaine abuse was brought to the ED by emergency medical services after his landlord called to report 1 week of bizarre behavior, altered mental status, and falls.

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