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Skin Turgor

Aka: Skin Turgor, Skin Tenting
  1. Definition
    1. Skin Turgor
      1. Time required for skin to return to position prior to pinching
    2. Skin Tenting
      1. Skin maintains a pinched position for a prolonged period after pinching
  2. Protocol
    1. Pinch skin on the lateral abdominal wall at the level of the Umbilicus
  3. Interpretation
    1. Normally, skin typically recoils to its original position instantly after being pinched
    2. Delay in return to normal suggests dehydration

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