Distributive shock- what is it and what is the prognosis?
Hello, I would like to understand distributive shock- what is it and what is the prognosis? One of my distant relatives was hospitalized and I learnt that he is suffering from distributive shock causing damage to all vital organs. Please leave your comments.
@chandi Distributive shock, also known as vasodilatory shock, is one of the four broad classifications of disorders that cause inadequate tissue perfusion. Systemic vasodilation leads to decreased blood flow to the brain, heart, and kidneys causing damage to vital organs. Distributive shock also leads to leakage of fluid from capillaries into the surrounding tissues, further complicating the clinical picture. Due to the complexities of this disease, the causes and treatments for distributive shock are multimodal. The mortality from distributive shock varies on the cause and can range from 20-80%. Early recognition is the key to improved survival. Higher mortality rates are linked to:
Positive blood cultures
Elevated serum lactate or failure to clear lactate when labs are repeated
Infection due to pseudomonas aeruginosa