potomania


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potomania

An older term for:
(1) Polydipsia—marked increase in water ingestion; 
(2) Dipsomania—the historical term for alcohol abuse;
(3) Delirium tremens, see there.
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The case studies involved an ovolactovegetarian with hyponatremia because of a low intake of solute, which limited the patient's ability to excrete water (9), and a recent case of crash-diet potomania in a patient who had a low-calorie diet and consumed 6 L of water per day.
Severe hyponatremia is caused by an excess of water relative to sodium stores and may be caused by diuretics, vomiting, diarrhea, congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, inappropriate secretion of ADH, and, rarely, beer potomania and excess intake of water alone.
Beer potomania with biochemical findings of low serum sodium, low serum and urine osmolalities, and low urine sodium values can cause severe hyponatremia.