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please help! what is the reason behind the infusion of intravenous fluid on a patient having cerebral edema?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Intensive care: Patients with cerebral edema may have significant brain dysfunction, causing decreased alertness or even coma. These patients cannot eat or drink. Iv fluids are administered to maintain fluid balance, control normal electrolytes, and minimize worsening of edema.

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