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Dizziness While Traveling 

Dizziness While Traveling
Dizziness While Traveling
Acute Care Casebook

Jacqueline Paulis


Dizziness has a broad differential diagnosis in any setting. As a result, history and physical examination are critical in assessing cardiovascular, metabolic, central nervous system, and other acute causes. In the setting of dehydration, oral rehydration therapy is generally a safe and effective method of treatment, especially in underresourced areas. This chapter examines a case in which a patient presents with dizziness following cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, and decreased oral intake. Results from a glucose test are normal. Given the symptoms and lack of availability of imaging services, the author address the diagnosis of dehydration and discusses oral rehydration therapy and oral rehydration salts.

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