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  1. neurogenic shock(Noun)

    Shock caused by extreme excitability of the parasympathetic nervous system. This hyperexcitability is caused by severe pain and results in an extreme slowing of heartbeat and pulse. This leads to a dangerous drop in blood pressure and hence, shock.

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  1. Neurogenic shock

    Neurogenic shock is a distributive type of shock resulting in hypotension, occasionally with bradycardia, that is attributed to the disruption of the autonomic pathways within the spinal cord. Hypotension occurs due to decreased systemic vascular resistance resulting in pooling of blood within the extremities lacking sympathetic tone. Bradycardia results from unopposed vagal activity and has been found to be exacerbated by hypoxia and endobronchial suction. Neurogenic shock can be a potentially devastating complication, leading to organ dysfunction and death if not promptly recognized and treated. It is not to be confused with spinal shock, which is not circulatory in nature.


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