Dehydration in Geriatrics

MC Faes, MD, MSc; MG Spigt, PhD; MGM Olde Rikkert MD, PhD

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Geriatrics and Aging. 2007;10(9):590-596. 

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In 1995 the American Medical Association warned its members that there exists no absolute definition of dehydration, and that the signs and symptoms of dehydration may be vague, deceptive, or even absent in older adults.[23] Dehydration can be defined as a clinically relevant decrease of an individual's optimal Total Body Water (TBW) amount and may occur with or without loss of electrolytes.

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