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- 2 mm depression in the skin
- Skin depression disappears in 10 seconds
- 6 mm depression in the skin
- Skin depression disappears in 1 minute
- Bruising and petechiae at the site
Pitting edema may occur with some medical conditions, including preeclampsia of pregnancy. Pitting edema is assessed when the nurse presses a finger into the area of edema, causing a depression in the skin. The size of the depression and the time it takes to resolve characterizes the stage of pitting edema. 3+ pitting edema would cause a 6 mm depression in the skin that disappears in about 1 minute.
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