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Clin J Sport Med. 2007 Jul;17(4):307-10.

Serum biochemistry and morbidity among runners presenting for medical care after an Australian mountain ultramarathon.

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St Helens Private Hospital, Tasmania, Australia. stevenlyn@ozemail.com.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) was a cause of morbidity among runners requiring medical care at an Australian mountain ultramarathon.

DESIGN:

Case series.

SETTING:

Six Foot Track mountain ultramarathon, New South Wales, Australia, March 2006.

PATIENTS:

Runners presenting to the medical facility.

ASSESSMENT:

Serum biochemistry.

RESULTS:

No cases of exercise-associated hyponatremia were identified among 9 athletes (from 775 starters) who were treated with intravenous fluid therapy. Unwell runners had a mean serum (Na) of 143 mmol/L (range 138-147 mmol/L). All runners tested had elevated serum urea and creatinine concentrations.

CONCLUSION:

In this setting, EAH was not a significant cause of morbidity.

PMID:
17620786
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e31804c77da
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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