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Carbohydrate Solutions of 5 percent and 10 percent dextrose in water are employed to supply calories and water without electrolytes. , 20% ) solutions are used. Dextrose solutions with sodium chloride and/ or other salts provide electrolyte as well as water and calories. 4 calories, 1 liter of the 5 percent solution supplies 170 calories, and the 10 percent solution 340 calories. liter in llf4 hours, and the 10 percent solution 1 liter in 3 hours. Levulose, or fructose, is an isomer of dextrose with the same caloric value.
Hypokalemia (or hypopotassemia) develops rapidly unless an adequate intake of potassium is maintained. Also, the state arises in any case where there is an abnormal cell breakdown; that is, the protein-bound ion becomes unleashed and passes into the extracellular compartment, whereupon the renal tubules place it into the urine. Other causes of hypokalemia include stress, vomiting, diarrhea, fistulae, gastric and intestinal suction, diabetic acidosis, and excessive administration of potassium-free fluids, sodium, ACTH, and adrenal cortical hormones.
Because the sodium ion has an affinity for water the cardinal sign is edema. Chloride Chloride, the chief anion of the extracellular compartment, has close ties with sodium: both ions are generally ingested together (as N aCl), reabsorbed together (by the kidney) and, in the face of impaired renal function, may be lost together. However, chloride is most rapidly excreted as KCl and in most cases of a potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) there is a concomitant chloride deficiency (hypochloremia). The signs and symptoms of 36 BODY WATER AND IONS hypochloremia are inextricably related to those associated with hypokalemia and hyponatremia.