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Can hypovolemic shock do permanent damage?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hypovolemic shock can have permanent aftereffects. The longer it goes untreated, the more tissue damage can occur. Sometimes even after treatment is administered, the sudden return of oxygen to deprived tissue can cause damage. Hypovolemic shock has been known to cause damage to brain and kidneys; it can also cause gangrene, which sometimes requires amputation.

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