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Skin Turgor

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Skin Turgor, Skin Tenting

  • 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
  • Protocol
  1. Pinch skin on the lateral abdominal wall at the level of the Umbilicus
  • Interpretation
  1. Normally, skin typically recoils to its original position instantly after being pinched
  2. Delay in return to normal suggests dehydration