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Glossary for Electrolyte abnormality

  • Anorexia: Any type of appetite loss; often refers to anorexia nervosa
  • Blood conditions: Conditions that affect the blood
  • Coma: Prolonged unconsciousness
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Decrease anion gap: A decrease in the difference between calculated serum anions and cations
  • Decreased chloride: A decrease in the amount of chloride in the body.
  • Heart attack: Serious and often fatal acute heart condition
  • Irritability: Excessive feelings of annoyance or frustration.
  • Moodiness: Inappropriate moods or excessive mood changes
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Polyuria: Excessive urination during pregnancy.
  • Respiratory failure: Failure of the respiratory system
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.
  • Water-Electrolyte Imbalance: The loss of balance between the level of water and the level of electrolytes in the body. Kidney failure is the most common cause of electrolyte balance but it can also be caused by such things as anorexia, bulimia, severe vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration or chronic laxative abuse.


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