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A 50-year-old woman is admitted to the hospital for ...

Factitious disorder

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submitted by seagull(432),

This is a nice approach to identifying and treating factitious disorder.


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acute exacerbation of CHF leads to reduced CO --> hypervolemic hyponatremia, body perceives it as hypovolemic (so you expect high ADH) ["non-osmotic release of ADH"]

  • this pt is clinically hypervolemic (edema, rales, distended neck veins)

  • urine should be concentrated (UOsm >100 mOsm/kg) because kidneys should be fine and ADH is doing its job, just with bad information

  • if urine is dilute, it's not CHF, it's psychogenic (can be caused by schizophrenia or factitious disorder)

let's say she wasn't crazy and really was having CHF exacerbation - tx with diuretic and fluid restriction as they did--> note that you can also use vaptan drugs for CHF-related hyponatremic hypervolemia (block ADH) --> should cause the urine to be dilute which will reduce the hypervolemia and reduce salt resorption to correct the hyponatremia

random diabetes inspidius side note for psychogenic polydipsia (DI dx is hypernatremia/normal, hypovolemia, dilute urine <100mOsm/kg)

  • can also use the water deprivation test for a pt with polyuria and polydipsia

--> if urine concentrates, it's psychogenic

--> if it does not concentrate, give desmopressin and if it concentrates = central DI, does not concentrae = nephrogenic DI