Sodium Losses Through An Ileostomy??Register Today!
- by ginger58 Mar 8, '07I had a pt with an ileostomy (I don't know where exactly) and her GI doc said she has documented sodium loss and is on salt tabs when she's at home.
A renal doc came in and said that was impossible to lose sodium via an ostomy.
If this is true, would someone please explain to me why this is impossible?
- Mar 8, '07 by TiwiIs this patient on dialysis / in renal failure / have a renal impairment? I was just wondering if there would be any relationship between that and sodium loss. I know nothing about renal except basics, so I am just asking...
I would have thought that you would lose sodium via an ileostomy.
- Mar 8, '07 by ginger58The pt didn't have any of those. She had a long history of Crohn's disease and then had the ileostomy within the last several years. She was above 70 years old.
- Mar 15, '08 by Bubonic BettyThis thread is a prime example of why in another post I said that not enough doctors know how to care for ostomy patients.
It sounds like he is confusing it for a colostomy and not an ileostomy.
An ileostomy (especially if a pt has active Crohn's) will lose electrolytes.
Btw, if she is on sodium tabs how is her potassium? Hydration will also need to be monitored.