Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Sodium


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Based on what you learned in this lesson, if a person enters acute kidney failure and is unable to produce or excrete urine, you would most likely expect _____.

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1. Both heart failure and cirrhosis are conditions that prevent proper amounts of blood volume from entering arterial circulation. In both cases, the kidneys sense this improper output and are thus fooled into believing there's not enough fluid volume in the body. The kidneys then respond to preserve fluid volume. How would you expect the body to reflect this response?

2. Dr. Fleming's patient, Gillian, is suffering with an SIADH (Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion), in which her body secretes an antidiuretic hormone to prevent water loss. How would you expect Gillian's body to respond to the antidiuretic hormone secretion caused by her syndrome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the effects of sodium levels in the blood. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the characteristics of sodium as well as knowing what hyponatremia is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to test yourself on:

  • Characteristics of hyponatremia
  • Solving sodium level conditions
  • Characteristics of sodium
  • Normal range of sodium in the blood

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the normal range of sodium in the blood and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of hyponatremia
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sodium in the blood

Additional Learning

To learn more about sodium's impact on the body, review the corresponding lesson titled Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Sodium. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the importance of water and salt level ratios in the body
  • Understand what hyponatremia involves
  • Describe the differences between hyponatremia and hypernatremia
  • Explain what an electrolyte is
  • Appreciate what happens when salt gets dissolved in any liquid