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A 40-year-old member asked:

How are hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock different?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 49 years experience
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.
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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
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.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hemorrhagic shock & hypovolemic shock?

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Dr. Mithil Gajera
Critical Care 22 years experience
No: Hypovolemia is mostly from loss of volume that include body fluid, not drinking enough and haemorragic shock is from loss of blood volume loss. You can say that haemorragic shock is a type of hypovolemic shock due to blood loss. Treatment of hypovolemic shock differ depending on etiology. If its due to fluid loss, fluid replacement is the treatment.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how hemorrhagic shock and hypovolemic shock differ?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Shock: Hypovolemic shock is caused by inadequate volume in the vascular system. Hemorrhagic shock is hypovolemicshock caused by bleeding.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hemorrhagic and hypovolemic shock?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Bleeding/many causes: Hemorrhagic shock is from bleeding, usually due to a wound from trauma, which can have excessive fluid loss. Hypovolemic shock can have many causes, like not drinking, or dehydration from diarrhea, and also hemorrhage. This is usually less severe, but some examples of diarrhea can be excessive. Both can be seen on the same spectrum of shock or fluid loss with hemorrhagic more severe/urgent.
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