Treatment of endotoxic shock--the dilemma of vasopressor and vasodilator therapy.

Abstract

Hemodynamic studies have demonstrated that the fall of blood pressure in shock caused by endotoxin in dogs does not result primarily from dilatation or "vasomotor collapse." Indeed, vasoconstriction is increased and may be excessive. Progression of shock has recently been blamed on such excessive vasoconstriction. For this reason the use of sympathomimetic… (More)

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