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Sudden collapse of a young female cross country runner


The case is reported of a young previously healthy female cross country runner who collapsed on completion of a cross country run. The cause of the collapse was non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema as a manifestation of hyponatraemic encephalopathy. The concurrent occurrence of non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema and encephalopathy due to hyponatraemia is unusual.

  • encephalopathy
  • hyponatraemia
  • non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema
  • runner

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