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Reduced concentration oral rehydration solution

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Reduced concentation oral rehydration solution (or reduced osmolarity oral rehydration solution) is less concentrated than traditionally used in oral rehydration therapy. It has been tested and found to result in "reduced need for unscheduled intravenous infusions, lower stool volume, and less vomiting compared with standard WHO rehydration solution."[1]

However, concerns have been raised that this is unsuitable for universal use, as it may lead to a negative sodium balance in cholera patients, with very serious consequences.[2] For this reason starch-based oral rehydration solutions may be preferred methods of achieving the same effects with less risk.


Questions and comments

  • Perhaps this is suitable when the patient is able to take some other food, and is not relying solely on the ORS? --Chriswaterguy 19:20, 11 May 2008 (PDT)

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In the medical literature available through a Google search, this is referred to as reduced osmolarity oral rehydration solution. To make it more understandable to the lay person, I've changed it to reduced concentation oral rehydration solution, which doesn't have any hits online. Is there a better term to use?

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