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Definition of Potomania

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  1. an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess


Potomania, also known as beer potomania and beer drinkers hyponatremia, is a specific hypo-osmolality syndrome related to massive consumption of beer, which is poor in solutes and electrolytes. With little food or other sources of electrolytes, consumption of large amounts of beer or other dilute alcoholic drinks leads to electrolyte disturbances. The symptoms of potomania are similar to other causes of hyponatremia and include dizziness, muscular weakness, neurological impairment and seizures, all related to hyponatraemia and hypokalaemia. While the symptoms of potamania are similar to other causes of hyponatremia and acute water intoxication, it should be considered an independent clinical entity due to the often chronic nature of onset, pathophysiology, and presentation of symptoms.

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Google previewThe Endocrine Response to Acute Illness (1999)

by Richard C. Jenkins, Richard J. M. Ross

Beer potomania is a variation of polydipsia-hyponatremia syndrome, where the hyponatremia is associated with poor nutrition and massive ingestion of beer instead of water [42]. Primary polydipsia has been reported in almost all age groups, ...

Google previewGeriatric Emergency Medicine, An Issue of Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, (2012)

by Christopher R. Carpenter

Beer potomania is a rare cause of severe hyponatremia, ;...

Google previewPrinciples and Practice of Geriatric Medicine (2006)

by M.S. John Pathy, Alan J. Sinclair, John E. Morley

Beer potomania is a variation of polydipsiahyponatremia syndrome, where the hyponatremia is associated with poor nutrition and massive ingestion of beer instead of water (Fenves et al., 1996). Primary polydipsia has been reported in almost ...

Google previewThirst (1982)

by Barbara J. Rolls, Edmund T. Rolls

A remedy then for beer potomania is that the beer should be salted (Fanestil, 1977)! Symptoms of hyposmolality or hyponatraemia Several examples of situations in which plasma dilution may occur are discussed above. Such dilution may be ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

potomania (1. of alcohol; alcoholism; delirium tremens; also called tromomania) Russomania (o. with Russia and things Russian) satyromania (m. for ...

Google previewA Complete Pronouncing Medical Dictionary (1889)

Embracing the Terminology of Medicine and the Kindred Sciences, with Their Signification, Etymology, and Pronunciation ... by Joseph Thomas

POTOMANIA. slightly deliquescent, having a peculiar, faint odor, a pungent, saline, afterwards somewhat bitter taste, and a neutral reaction. It is soluble in eight- tenths part of cold water and in six parts of boiling alcohol. This is ...

Google previewStudent's Pocket Medical Lexicon (1881)

Giving the Correct Pronunciation and Definition of All Words and Terms in General Use in Medicine and the Collateral Sciences ... by Elias Longley

Potomania, Po-to-md-ni-a; delirium tremens. Pot-Pourri, Pot-Piu-rb; a mixture of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Psychological Medicine (1892)

Giving the Definition, Etymology and Synonyms of the Terms Used in Medical Psychology with the Symptoms, Treatment, and Pathology of Insanity and the Law of Lunacy in Great Britain and Ireland by Daniel Hack Tuke

POTOMANIA (iroror, drink ; fiavia, madness). Drink-madness. Delirium tremens. ( Fr. potomanie ; Ger. Trinksucht.) POTOPAKAIflEA, POTOTROMA WIA. (Sec PoTOTROMOPARANOIA.) POTOTROMOPASAKOIA (jroYor, drink ; Tpofwt, trembling ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1914)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

potomania volve and thus wear away the rock with which it is in contact. Such pot-holes are common, especially In and near the beds of streams running over bare rocks, and under glaciers. In regions of present or past glacla- tion, or in ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences, Including the Pronunciation... (1903)

by George Milbry Gould

Potomania (pa-lo-mahne-a/z) [rm-0g, drink; liavia, madness]. Delirium tremens. Potometer (po-loz/z/-ec-er) [vi-6mg, drink; ,uérpov, measure].

Google previewThe American illustrated medical dictionary. 1919 (1919)

10th ed

potomania (po-to-ma'ne-ah) [Gr. xotos drinking + fiavia madness]. Delirium tremens. Pott's aneurysm, disease, etc (pots) IPercival Pott, English ...

Google previewThe Student's medical dictionary ... (1900)

by George Milbry Gould

Potomania (po-to-ma'-ne-ah) [iriiroc, drink ; /javin, madness]. Delirium tremens. Pott's Disease [Percival Pott, an English surgeon]. Caries of the vertebra:, generally of tuberculous origin. The symptoms are stiffness of the spinal column, pain on ...

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