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Shock: Introduction

Shock: Physical and mental reaction to reduced circulation. See detailed information below for a list of 259 causes of Shock, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Shock:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Shock. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Shock:

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Shock: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Shock, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Shock Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Shock may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Shock

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Shock may include:

  • Elevate legs while lying down
  • Arnica homeopathic remedy
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Carbo vegetabilis homeopathic remedy
  • more treatments »

Message Boards for Shock

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Shock or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Shock:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Shock. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Hydration status - dehydration signifies major fluid loss such as hemorrhage, vomiting , severe diarrhea, burns, heat exhaustion or pancreatitis.
    • Temperature - Temperature may be elevated initially with septic shock, but may be reduced in later stages of septic shock. Lowered temperature is particularly common in very young or elderly people with septic shock. Temperature may also be elevated with cardiogenic shock from myocarditis or heart attack.
    • Blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure is a late sign in septic and hypovolemic shock. In the young and fit, the blood pressure may remain normal. There will be reduced blood pressure with cardiogenic shock
    • Heart rate and irregularity, noting any arrhythmias. Elevated heart rate is a reliable sign of shock in the young. It is not so reliable in the elderly or in people taking beta blocker or calcium blocker blood pressure medication
    • Examine heart and lungs for signs of disease
    • Examine abdomen for tenderness and masses
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Shock:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Shock as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Shock: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Shock may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Shock

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Shock:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Shock. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Shock: Deaths

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Causes of Shock listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Shock as a symptom include:

Definitions of Shock:

A profound hemodynamic and metabolic disturbance characterized by the failure of the circulatory system to maintain adequate perfusion of vital organs; causes inadequate delivery of nutrients and insufficient removal of cellular waste products to and from the tissues.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

The feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's deathleft him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock"
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

A profound hemodynamic and metabolic disturbance characterized by the failure of the circulatory system to maintain adequate perfusion of vital organs; causes inadequate delivery of nutrients and insufficient removal of cellular waste products to and from the tissues.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Shock:

The list of organs typically affected by Shock may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Shock

The list below shows some of the causes of Shock mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Shock?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Shock. Of the 259 causes of Shock that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 18 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 240 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Shock:

The following list of conditions have 'Shock' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Shock:

The following list of medical conditions have Shock or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Shock Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Shock based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Shock?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Shock, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Shock:

    Medical Conditions associated with Shock:

    Level of consciousness symptoms (1504 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

    Symptoms related to Shock:

    Unconsciousness (424 causes), Syncope (2084 causes), Coma (862 causes), Fainting (1326 causes), Hypovolemia (19 causes), Septic shock (32 causes), Hypovolemic shock, Fracture of head of femur, Tibial fracture, Visceral hemorrhage, Meningococcemia, Peritonitis, Splenic infarct, Myocardial infarction (38 causes), Burns, Septic abortion, Antepartum hemorrhage (9 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Shock

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Shock and many other medical conditions:

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