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What's the difference between septic shock and hypovolemic?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: The cause

Septic shock is shock due to bacteria in the blood stream, causing sepsis.
Hypovolemic shock is due to low volume, usually blood loss.

In brief: The cause

Septic shock is shock due to bacteria in the blood stream, causing sepsis.
Hypovolemic shock is due to low volume, usually blood loss.
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Dr. Michael Taylor
Septic shock can occur as a result from any infection, not just bacteria in the bloodstream; it can cause the blood vessels to dilate, and it can lead to hypovolemia as well. Hypovolemic shock is usually the result of blood loss or severe dehydration.
Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
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In brief: Causes of shock

Hypovolemic shock is shock (inadequate tissue perfusion) due to decreased fluid volume in the blood vessels (usually from bleeding or severe dehydration).
Infection can lead to septic shock: systemic vasodilation (blood vessels relax->blood pressure drops) and/or capillary leak (fluid shifts out of the blood vessels, causing hypovolemia) and/or metabolic cardiomyopathy (decreased heart function).

In brief: Causes of shock

Hypovolemic shock is shock (inadequate tissue perfusion) due to decreased fluid volume in the blood vessels (usually from bleeding or severe dehydration).
Infection can lead to septic shock: systemic vasodilation (blood vessels relax->blood pressure drops) and/or capillary leak (fluid shifts out of the blood vessels, causing hypovolemia) and/or metabolic cardiomyopathy (decreased heart function).
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