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Pitting oedema - red flag symptoms

Pitting oedema - red flag symptoms


Red flags

Time to Complete

0.5 hours


June 30, 2015


June 30, 2015

Programme Description

This article by Dr Anna Cumisky covers the possible red flag symptoms to be aware of when a patient presents with pitting oedema in primary care. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying signs of serious underlying pathology, cardiopulmonary and abdominal examination, and when urgent investigation is warranted to rule out cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:

  • List the possible causes of pitting oedema
  • Carry out a thorough examination and arrange for further investigations where necessary
  • Understand when to make an urgent referral
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Anna Cumisky
    Locum GP
    United Kingdom

    Test author
    Haymarket Medical
    United Kingdom


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