What are the causes and signs of hypovolemic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Hypovolemic shock results from the loss of blood volume caused by such conditions as gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, extravasation of plasma, major surgery, trauma, and severe burns. Patients suffering from hypovolemic shock demonstrate tachycardia, cool clammy extremities, hypotension, dry skin and mucous membranes, and poor turgor.


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