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Home > Be Healthy > Health Library > Severe dehydration in older children and adults
Severe dehydration means:
Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires emergency treatment. Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
By the time a person becomes severely dehydrated, there is no longer enough fluid in the body to carry enough blood to vital organs. Shock, which is a life-threatening condition, can develop quickly.
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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