Hyponatremia Study (Delayed Hyponatremia After Pituitary Surgery) (DHAPS)

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    Washington University School of Medicine
Updated on 20 April 2022
fluid restriction
growth hormone
hormone secreting
pituitary adenoma
pituitary tumor
pituitary disorders


Hyponatremia is defined as sodium below the normal range of 135-145. Symptomatically, it can cause patients to experience a wide range of symptoms including lethargy, headache, nausea, vomiting and in severe cases coma and even death. The goal of this study is to prospectively compare two approaches to the postoperative fluid management of patients undergoing transsphenoidal resection of a pituitary tumor or cyst to decrease the occurrence of postoperative delayed hyponatremia. One group will be placed on moderate fluid restriction and the other group will be placed on ad lib fluid intake.


Any adult patient with a pituitary adenoma (either non-functioning, prolactin-secreting, growth hormone secreting, gonadotropin secreting, or TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) secreting) or cyst scheduled to undergo transsphenoidal resection will be included in the study. Patients with chronic hyponatremia will be excluded.

Patients will be randomly assigned to one of two groups:

Group 1: these patients will be treated with moderate fluid restriction (1000 ml/24 hours for patients <100kg and 1200 ml of fluid/24 hours for >100 kg starting on postoperative day 1. Fluid restriction will be aborted if diabetes insipidus occurs. Diabetes insipidus occurs if a patient does not produce enough ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) which is needed to concentrate the urine. Diabetes insipidus causes increased urination and increased thirst and can cause hypernatremia (an increased sodium level). A person will be diagnosed with diabetes insipidus if they meet all of the following criteria: serum sodium level > 146, dilute urine with a urine specific gravity < 1.003 and increased urine output defined by urine output > 300cc/hour for 2 consecutive hours( or > 6 liter/24 hours).

Group 2: these patients will not be placed on fluid restriction, they will be allowed to drink water freely after surgery.

All patients will be started on D5 ½ normal saline IV fluids (Weight based) and will be allowed to eat and drink starting on POD 1.

All the patients will receive a thirst questionnaire that will be completed daily starting on POD 1 until POD 13. The intensity of thirst will be assessed on a scale of 1--10, with 1 being no thirst, 5 being normal thirst and 10 being unbearable thirst.

Patients will have basic metabolic panels checked on post-surgical days 1, 3, 7, 10 and 13.

Condition Hyponatremia, Hyponatremic, Pituitary Tumor, Pituitary, Surgery
Treatment Fluid Restricted Group
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03636568
SponsorWashington University School of Medicine
Last Modified on20 April 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

• Any adult patient with a pituitary adenoma or cyst (either non-functioning
prolactin-secreting, growth hormone secreting, ACTH (adrenocorticotropic
hormone)-secreting, gonadotropin secreting, or TSH secreting) scheduled to undergo
pituitary resection

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with a history of chronic hyponatremia
Patients with a history of SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone)
Patients with diabetes insipidus or patients receiving DDAVP
except if secondary to hypothyroidism or adrenal insufficiency, or in association with
prior TSS
Patients without an intact thirst mechanism
Patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) stage III, IV or V
Patients with untreated adrenal insufficiency or hypothyroidism
Patients with class III or IV heart failure
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