Dehydration and volume depletion: How to handle the misconceptions.


Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Doha 3050, Qatar. [Email]


Dehydration and volume depletion describe two distinct body fluid deficit disorders with differing pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and treatment approaches. However, the two are often confused or equated with each other. Here, we address a number of commonly encountered misconceptions about body-fluid deficit disorders, analyse their origins and propose approaches to overcome them.


Body fluids,Dehydration,Misconceptions,Volume depletion,