last updated 17-04-2024

Pathophysiology of shock

Pathophysiology of shock

The pathophysiology of shock depends on the precipitating event and is described by its aetiologic classification (e.g. cardiogenic). However, if untreated, shock can progress rapidly and the distinction between subtypes is no longer apparent.

Regardless of the aetiology, the lack of perfusion can lead to the following cascade of events:


Decrease of pump function of the heart is an example of: