When an infant with diarrhea has lost about 5 to 9 percent

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  1. Lona.

    Lona. Guest

    When an infant with diarrhea has lost about 5 to 9 percent of his body weight over 2 days, all the following might be excepted EXCET for -
    a- Depressed fontanelle
    b- Tacycardia
    c- Moribund state
    d- Sunken eyes
    e- Loss of skin elasticity
  2. Lona.

    Lona. Guest

    Answer: - The answer is C. (Behrman 15/e, p 209.) A moribund state is characteristic of a loss of greater than 10 percent of body weight from dehydration. The other findings are characteristic of a loss of body weight of 5 to 9 percent when there is no hypernatremia. Additional findings at this level of dehydration may be restlessness, absent or reduced tears, weak radial pulses, and possibly orthostatic hypotension.

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