Difference between revisions of "Neurogenic shock"

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#Atropine if needed
#Atropine if needed
#Keep warm
#Keep warm
*If cord is contused, not transected, prognosis is good
**Bulbocavernosus reflex should return w/in 24-48 hr
==Source ==
==Source ==
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Revision as of 23:52, 2 March 2012


  • Do not confuse with Spinal Shock
  • Diagnosis of exclusion
    • Never presume hypotension in trauma patient is due to neurogenic shock
  • Injury to cervical or thoracic vertebrae causes peripheral sympathetic denervation
    • Above T1: full
    • T1-L3: Partial
    • Below L4: none
  • Lasts 1-3 wk


  • Hypotension (well tolerated)
  • Bradycardia
  • Peripherally vasodilated (warm extremities)
    • May lead to hypothermia


  1. Exclude other causes of shock
  2. IVF (MAP goal >90)
  3. Pressors if needed
  4. Atropine if needed
  5. Keep warm


  • Tintinalli

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