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How is hypovolemic shock diagnosed?

No single factor is an ultimate diagnostic for hypovolemic shock. High heart rate, low blood pressure, and low urine output are important basic factors; evidence of tissue or brain damage also comes into play. If the examining doctors have reasonable confidence that hypovolemic shock is occurring, the next priority is diagnosing the source. In the case of external blood or fluid loss, the situation is fairly clear. Otherwise, doctors will use a variety of tests to search for internal hemorrhages. In addition to asking the patient, if conscious, about their symptoms, they will use an ECG for the heart, ultrasound for the abdomen, and so on. Potentially fatal hemorrhages occur most often in the torso and upper leg.

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