Response to a bolus of conivaptan in patients with acute hyponatremia after brain injury

Theresa Human, Adaeze Onuoha, Michael Diringer, Rajat Dhar

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Purpose: The aim of the study was to analyze the response to the vasopressin-receptor antagonist conivaptan in a large cohort of brain-injured patients with acute hyponatremia. Materials and Methods: The natremic response (rise in serum sodium) to an initial bolus of conivaptan was retrospectively evaluated in 124 patients over a 3-year period in our neurosciences intensive care unit. Variables associated with this response were identified using linear regression. Results: Median pretreatment sodium was 132 mEq/L, and duration of hyponatremia before dose was 1 day. Median natremic response was +4 mEq/L (interquartile range, 2-7 mEq/L), measured a median of 9 hours (interquartile range, 6-12 hours) after conivaptan administration. This was associated with significant urine output (median, 2.6 L over 12 hours), with degree of aquaresis associated with natremic response (regression coefficient, B = 1.8 change in sodium per liter; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-2.4; P < .001). Seventy-four patients (60%) responded with a rise of at least 4 mEq/L. Response was predicted by higher baseline urine output (B = 0.018 per mL; 0.004-0.032; P = .01) and lack of oral fluid intake (B = 2.06; 0.44-3.68; P = .01) but not tonicity of intravenous fluids or creatinine clearance. Conclusions: Conivaptan given as a bolus can effectively treat acute hyponatremia in brain-injured patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745.e1-745.e5
JournalJournal of Critical Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Brain injury
  • Conivaptan
  • Hyponatremia
  • Vasopressin


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