What is the role of the skin pinch in the evaluation of cholera?

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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For the skin pinch, it is important to pinch longitudinally rather than horizontally and to maintain the pinch for a few seconds before releasing the skin. The skin pinch may be less useful in patients with marasmus (severe wasting), kwashiorkor (severe malnutrition with edema), or obesity.


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