Edema - Learning Issue: Edema-MH Definition: Is a...

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Learning Issue: Edema-MH Definition: Is a clinically apparent increase in the interstitial fluid volume, which may expand by several liters before the abnormality is evident. Clinical Presentation : Depending on mechanism, edema may be localized or have a generalized distribution; it is recognized in its generalized form by puffiness of the face, which is most readily apparent in the periorbital areas, and by the persistence of an indentation of the skin following pressure; this I known as “pitting edema.” Patient Complaints : When the ring on a finger fits more snugly than in the past or when a patient complains putting on shoes, particularly in the evening, edema may be present. Physiology: Roughly 1/3 of total body fluid is extracellular, meaning that approximately 75% of the latter is in intracellular fluid and plasma. The forces that regulate the fluid are referred to as “starling forces.” The hydrostatic pressure within the vascular system and colloid oncotic pressure in the interstitial fluid tend to promote movement of fluid from
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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