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What is water retention?

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Your body is mostly water. It's in your blood, muscles, organs, and even your bones. You need it, but sometimes your body holds on to too much of it. This is called water retention, and it causes puffiness and swelling. It can be triggered by many different things.

From: Why Am I Retaining Water? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Kasper, D. McGraw-Hill Education, 2015. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19 edition, th

UpToDate: “Patient information: Low-sodium diet (Beyond the basics.)”

UpToDate: “Patient Information” Edema (swelling) (Beyond the basics.)”

America Society of Clinical Oncology: “Fluid Retention or Edema.”

UpToDate: “Patient information: Chronic venous disease (Beyond the basics.)”

White, C. 2011. Obstetrics and Gynecology International,

Stachenfeld, N. 2008. Exercise and sport sciences reviews,

Trayes, K. July 2013. American Family Physician,

UpToDate: “Patient information: Heart failure (Beyond the basics.)”

UpToDate: “Patient information: Cirrhosis (Beyond the basics.)”

PubMedHealth: “Causes and signs of edema.”

America Society of Clinical Oncology: “Lymphedema.”

News release, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

UpToDate: “Patient information: Deep vein thrombosis (Beyond the basics.)”

National Institutes of Health: “What are the symptoms of preeclampsia, eclampsia, & HELLP syndrome?”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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