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December 1, 1978

Fatal Compulsive Water Drinking

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Rendell and McGrane) and Psychiatry (Dr Cuesta), The University of Miami Medical School, and Miami Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami.

JAMA. 1978;240(23):2557-2559. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290230049024

In two cases of psychogenic polydipsia, water intoxication developed and contributed to the patient's death. The treatment of the patient with psychogenic polydipsia has been based on the presumed reversibility of the condition. Treatment of such patients must be reconsidered in light of these deaths.

(JAMA 240:2557-2559, 1978)