Onderzoek naar dehydratie

Fysische diagnostiek
Jantien D. de Loor, Robert Zietse en Tjeerd O.H. de Jongh

Physical diagnostic examination of dehydration

Conflict of interest: none declared. Financial support: none declared.

  • Dehydration is an important cause of morbidity and mortality for children and the elderly.

  • Acute loss of weight is the most reliable measure of dehydration.

  • In addition, a range of physical diagnostic findings are used for measuring dehydration; separate clinical findings have very little predictive value.

  • In clinical practice the need for further investigation and rehydration treatment can be assessed by combining history and physical examination.