Distributive Shock Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jan 05, 2018
  • Author: Klaus-Dieter Lessnau, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of distributive shock include the following:

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Burns

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Drug reaction

  • Heavy metal poisoning

  • Insect bite

  • Major surgery

  • Neurogenic shock

  • Thyrotoxicosis

  • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

  • Cyanide toxicity

  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

Differential Diagnoses