Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Loss of Fluids Evaluation

The evaluation of dehydration begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in adults, children, and infants with dehydration may include:

Additional signs of dehydration in infants include:

Testing may be necessary to determine the cause, or the determine the severity, of dehydration.

Tests that may be used to evaluate dehydration include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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