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Does Neurogenic Shock Impact Blood Pressure or Blood Volume?

Question: How would neurogenic shock change blood volume?

Survival Med’s Answer: Neurogenic shock is a condition stemming from nervous system damage, particularly to the spinal cord. It’s characterized by a sudden inability to regulate blood pressure and flow, impacting the distribution of blood to the body’s tissues.

The term “volume” refers to the distribution rather than the actual quantity of blood. In neurogenic shock, total blood volume might not undergo significant changes, but the distribution of blood throughout the body is affected.

The pooling of blood in peripheral vessels can result in inadequate oxygen and nutrient delivery to vital organs and tissues.