Insensible water loss and its assessment in adult patients: a review

Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 1987 Nov;31(8):771-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-6576.1987.tb02662.x.


The nature, magnitude and factors influencing insensible water loss are discussed. A brief overview of the current practice of estimating insensible perspiration in Sweden is presented. Finally, a suggestion is put forward regarding a simplified formula for estimating insensible water loss in adult patients, based on information currently available in the literature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Temperature
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiology
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Water Loss, Insensible*
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance