Psychogenic Polydipsia With Hyponatremia: Report of Eleven Cases

R. E. Cronin

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Psychogenic polydipsia is an uncommon clinical disorder characterized by excessive water-drinking in the absence of a physiologic stimulus to drink. The excessive water-drinking is well tolerated unless hyponatremia supervenes. This report describes 11 patients with psychogenic polydipsia and hyponatremia (ten men and one woman) who were collectively hospitalized a total of 70 times for treatment of complications of this disorder. This group differs from the classical patient with psychogenic polydipsia, ie, a hospitalized schizophrenic, in that none was institutionalized and there was a high incidence of chronic alcholism, (10), intractable hiccups (7), self-induced vomiting (6), and laboratory evidence for rhabdomyolysis (5).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


  • Polydipsia
  • hiccups
  • hyponatremia
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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