Shock: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 12/7/2020

Shock is the medical term for a condition in which the blood pressure drops to dangerously low levels, with risk of organ failure and death.

Signs and symptom of shock, in addition to low blood pressure, include

Other associated signs and symptoms can include changes in mental status or behavior, such as anxiousness or agitation, or loss of consciousness.

Causes of shock

Multiple conditions can cause shock, including trauma or injury with bleeding, severe infections (septic shock), spinal cord trauma, heart damage, or a severe allergic reaction (known as anaphylactic shock).

Other shock symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.