Aug 1, 1984

The physiologic basis for clinical edema

Archives of Internal Medicine
R C Little, J M Ginsburg

Abstract

Edema is a common clinical sign indicating expansion of the interstitial fluid volume. Factors that regulate the size of this compartment are capillary fluid dynamics, interstitial fluid pressure, lymph flow, and interstitial compartment compliance, all of which are delicately balanced. An appreciation of the manner in which common disease processes upset this delicate balance can lead to a better understanding of clinical edema.

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Filtration
Body Fluid Compartments
Hypoproteinemia
Extracellular Space
Interstitial
Process of Absorption
Vascular Permeability
Hydrostatic Pressure
Lymph
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