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What is neurogenic shock?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2022 | Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can affect anyone. Georgia residents should be aware of their effects, which include the possibility of neurogenic shock.

What is neurogenic shock?

Neurogenic shock is a symptom of a serious spinal cord injury. It’s a type of distributive shock that occurs and results in a victim going into shock due to an improper amount of internal fluids in the body. Serious spinal cord injuries require immediate medical attention, but if the person isn’t treated promptly, they could end up suffering this type of shock. It’s characterized by a malfunction of the blood vessels and inadequate blood flow, which can result in dangerously low blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of neurogenic shock?

Spinal cord injuries are the most common cause of neurogenic shock. When a person goes into neurogenic shock, they might experience any of the following symptoms:

• Hypotension or low blood pressure
• Bradyarrhythmia or slow heart rate
• Bluish tint on the lips and nails
• Flushed skin that first feels warm and then clammy
• Lack of consciousness

Neurogenic shock and any of its symptoms are potentially life-threatening. It’s important for a person who suffers a spinal cord injury to receive quick medical treatment. If symptoms present, it means the individual might not be getting sufficient oxygen or blood flow.

Treatment involves stabilizing the spine. Medical professionals often immobilize the person to ensure that the injury can be stabilized. Sometimes, intubation might be necessary to restore the person’s oxygen levels. It’s also necessary to get fluids to the individual intravenously to restore the blood pressure to normal ranges.

When a person suffers neurogenic shock from a spinal cord injury, it’s a serious situation. If you were injured in an accident that was the fault of someone else, hold that person liable for your damages.