What is the goal of the history and physical exam in the evaluation of pediatric dehydration?

Updated: Nov 12, 2018
  • Author: Alex Koyfman, MD; Chief Editor: Muhammad Waseem, MBBS, MS, FAAP, FACEP, FAHA  more...
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The goal of the history and physical examination is to determine the severity and etiology of the child's condition. Accurate classification of the degree of dehydration as mild, moderate, or severe allows for appropriate therapy and disposition of the patient in a timely fashion.


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