Distributive Shock Differential Diagnoses

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