This clinical case should make us reflect on the potential dangers of lithium, often too readily prescribed by non expert physicians to elderly, and often poorly compliant, patients. There also needs to be very close monitoring of plasma lithium levels, in addition to paying attention to clinical signs, such as a persistent polyuria or hyperosmolarity, because these could be important early warning signs. It is therefore useful to reiterate that, in case of lithium intoxication with altered neurological status despite improvement blood tests, it is necessary to consider pontine or extra-pontine myelinolysis as a rare but possible complication

Frizzi, J., Bocchi, V., Sartini, S., Borselli, M., Romano, D., Gonnelli, S., et al. (2014). An alarming deterioration of neurological status. INTERNAL AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 9(6), 661-664 [10.1007/s11739-014-1084-5].

An alarming deterioration of neurological status

FRIZZI, JACOPO;BOCCHI, VERONICA;SARTINI, STEFANO;BORSELLI, MATTEO;GONNELLI, STEFANO;BRUNI, FULVIO;PASTORELLI, MARCELLO
2014-01-01

Abstract

This clinical case should make us reflect on the potential dangers of lithium, often too readily prescribed by non expert physicians to elderly, and often poorly compliant, patients. There also needs to be very close monitoring of plasma lithium levels, in addition to paying attention to clinical signs, such as a persistent polyuria or hyperosmolarity, because these could be important early warning signs. It is therefore useful to reiterate that, in case of lithium intoxication with altered neurological status despite improvement blood tests, it is necessary to consider pontine or extra-pontine myelinolysis as a rare but possible complication
Frizzi, J., Bocchi, V., Sartini, S., Borselli, M., Romano, D., Gonnelli, S., et al. (2014). An alarming deterioration of neurological status. INTERNAL AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 9(6), 661-664 [10.1007/s11739-014-1084-5].
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