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Malays J Pathol. 2004 Dec;26(2):117-8.

Colonic irrigation-induced hyponatremia.

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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. drlela@mail.hukm.ukm.my

Abstract

A 42-year-old Chinese woman presented with transient confusional state and memory loss due to acute water intoxicational hyponatremia complicating colonic irrigation (enemas) used as an alternative medicine to promote health. Although there is no evidence that such "antiautointoxication" technique conveys true benefit in any condition, this form of "quackery" may actually cause harm, such as water intoxication as in this case.

PMID:
16329564
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