Neurogenic shock

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  • 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 sympathetic denervation
    • T1-L3: Partial sympathetic denervation
    • Below L4: no sympathetic denervation
  • Lasts 1-3 wk


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

Differential Diagnosis



  1. Exclude other causes of shock
  2. Supplemental O2 to perfuse injured spinal cord
  3. Mechanical ventilation and oxygenation if spinal perfusion is compromised
  4. IVF, with SBP goal >90-100 mmHg
  5. Pressors if needed, norepinephrine or dopamine
  6. Atropine if needed, keeping HR 60-100 bpm in NSR
  7. UOP > 30 cc/hr
  8. Prevent hypothermia


  • Tintinalli

See Also