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Module 1 : Physiology

 

 

Fluid Compartments

 

Approximately 60% of body weight is made up of water, although this varies slightly with age and gender. This water can be thought of as distributed across a number of compartments.

 

The approximate fluid distribution between these compartments in health is shown below.

 

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The intracellular compartment is sometimes also called the ‘First space’.

The extracellular compartment is sometimes also called the ‘Second space’

 

 

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