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vasogenic shock


Definition: shock resulting from depressed activity of the higher vasomotor centers in the brainstem and the medulla, producing vasodilation without loss of fluid so that the container is disproportionately large. In oligemic shock, blood volume is reduced; in both, return of venous blood is inadequate.

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