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[The importance of the control of osmoregulation in modern medical practice]

BODA Domokos

MAY 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(05)

[The control of the osmoregulation has become of particular interest by progress in the following fields: 1. New research data showed that one of the main function of the cell is the maintenance of constant volume against extracellular and intracellular osmolar perturbations. It is regulated by loss or gain of electrolytes and non-ionic osmolytes mediated by membrane transport processes. 2. The activity of the vasopressin hormone is regulated by the newly discovered aquaporin water channel proteins. 3. Development of modern laboratory osmometers which enable precise determination of osmotic pressures of the fluids in the organism in clinical practice. New data on volume control of the cells and on aquaporin channels in various clinical conditions may provide safer treatment of fluid and electrolyte disturbances, the diagnostics and therapy of congenital and acquired nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and of the serum inappropiate ADH syndrome, as well as other pathologic conditions with water balance disturbances.]



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