What is the clinical presentation of septic shock in pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC)?

Updated: Dec 22, 2017
  • Author: Bojan Paunovic, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Septic shock is the most common cause of death in intensive care units in the United States. Septic shock is an example of distributive shock, a form of shock characterized by profound peripheral vasodilation. Although the CO may be normal or even elevated in this type of shock, organ and tissue perfusion are inadequate. Other types of distributive shock include anaphylaxis, neurogenic shock, and adrenal insufficiency. Swan-Ganz catheter measurements frequently demonstrate low filling pressures.


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