Signs
 

Sacral Oedema

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Overview

  • In patients with fluid overload, lying down for an extended period, fluid may migrate from the legs to the sacral region - therefore it is important to assess this area for oedema.
    • How to Elicit

    • Palpate the lower back, assessing for the presence of oedema.
    • Causes of Sacral Oedema

    • Fluid overload - excessive IV fluids, renal failure, heart failure
    • Right ventricular failure
    • Hypoalbuminaemia - malnutrition, malabsorption, nephrotic syndrome, liver (synthetic) failure
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