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Dehydration in the elderly: a short review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3316670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte problem among the elderly. The usual causes of water loss are frequently absent in dehydrated elderly patients. Age-related changes in total body water, thirst perception, renal concentrating ability, and vasopressin effectiveness probably predispose to dehydration. Dehydration related to infection, high-protein tube feedings, cerebral vascular accidents, and medication-related hypodypsia are particularly relevant for elderly patients. Appropriate treatment depends on accurately assessing the water deficit and slowly correcting that deficit.
R J Lavizzo-Mourey
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the National Medical Association     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0027-9684     ISO Abbreviation:  J Natl Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1987 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-11     Completed Date:  1988-01-11     Revised Date:  2010-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503090     Medline TA:  J Natl Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1033-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / physiology*
Dehydration* / complications,  etiology,  therapy
Water Loss, Insensible

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