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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Overview)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die.


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Is there some differences between shock cardiogenic, shock hipovolemic, and shock septic?

Is there some differences between shock cardiogenic, shock hipovolemic, and shock septic?

Yes: Shock essentialy is very low BP and no urine output.And usually unconciousness this could be due to weakness of heart muscle (cardiogenic), severe dehydration and low intravascular volume (hypovolemic) or severe infection (septic). ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
1,255 doctors shared insights

Shock (Overview)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (which carries oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die.


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How are hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock different?

How are hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock  different?

See below : Basically hypo-volumic shock is caused by loss of electrolytes and water from the body. Hemmorhagic shock on the other hand suggests massive loss of blood. ...Read more

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How are hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock different?

How are hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock different?

Shock: Hemorrhagic shock occurs with a loss of blood and hypovolemic shock can occur with fluid losses, from diarrhea for example, without the loss of blood. Both have low BP and are caused by a volume deficit in the vascular system. Hypovolemic shock can be treated with IV fluids to increase the bp, while hemorrhagic shock needs to have blood transfused as well to increase the BP of the patient. ...Read more

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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Fever: This would be rather unusual, but not impossible, although I am not at all sure what you mean by "emotional shock". Generally psychiatric conditions in which fever occurs may have underlying organic illnesses as their cause. My advice would be to see an infectious diseases expert if the fever persists. ...Read more

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Electric shock symptoms ?

Very safe : I do electro convulsive shock treatment/ect for treating mostly severe depression. It is a very safe treatment and has rare side effects... Headache or some body aches and pains etc. Some memory loss but it comes back. It is costly and does not last long, but can pull you out of severe depression for a year or so. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

Response to horror: I agree with dr. Rao about feeling shock, bewilderment, and fear when seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder. The person also often feels helpless -- not able to do anything in the situation. Also, some have dissociative symptoms: numbness, detachment, decreased emotional responsiveness; reduced awareness of surroundings; derealization; depersonalization; sometimes amnesia too. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Can septic shock cause compartment syndrome?

Intraabdominal: There is a very rare problem where patients develop intra abdominal compartment syndrome but usually it relates to a severe trauma. ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock ?

Can anaphylaxis turn into septic shock ?

Very different: Anaphylaxis is an acute allergic reaction. Sepsis is due to infection. These are two very different medical conditions. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever and rash: Fever, faint sunburn type rash which may not be noticed, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, severe weakness, in ability to stand up, just feeling very sick. ...Read more

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Can hypovolemia cause hypovolemic shock?

Can hypovolemia cause hypovolemic shock?

Hypovolemic shock: The answer to your question is "yes". In severe cases, vigorous IV hydration will be needed to restore the volume of fluid and blood in the blood vessels to increase blood pressure and resolve dehydrartion. ...Read more

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What is septic shock?

What is septic shock?

Cytokines: Untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction. ...Read more

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Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could i safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could i safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Why consider this?: Hypericum is a homeopathic remedy for anxiety and depression, and would have absolutely no effect on a Lhermitte's phenomenon, which you describe. You would likely find better benefits from gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Gralise, or Horizant, all prescription meds which your doctor could provide. Also, make certain that you are taking a potent MS medication, such as one of the orals, or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Can electric shock therapy kill someone?

ECT: Electroconvulsive Therapy is actually very safe. It is very different now as compared to it's early days. ...Read more

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How do they test for toxic shock syndrome?

Blood,urine,vaginal : And throat sample.There's no one specific test for toxic shock syndrome. You may need to provide blood and urine samples to test for the presence of a staph or strep infection. Samples from the vagina, cervix and throat may be swabbed for laboratory analysis. ...Read more

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What causes hypovolemic shock?

Massive fluid losses: This can be either from excessive diarrhea, blood loss, or sometimes from diuretic use. There may be many other causes but usually fluid losses in the range of 4-5 liters are required. ...Read more

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Is toxic shock syndrome serious?

Very serious: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more