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Describe the grading of pitting edema?

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Grading edema 1+: slight pitting/2 mm, disappears rapidly, 2+: somwehat deeper pit/4 mm, disappears in 10-15 sec 3+: deep pit/6 mm, may last > 1 minute; dep extremity swollen 4+: very deep pit/8 mm, lasts 2-5 min, dep extremity grossly distorted

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