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Can dehydration lead to shock?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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Dehydration can lead to shock if it is so severe that it affects the volume of blood and bodily fluids getting to the organs. With dehydration, the blood does not flow as readily through the blood vessels and may therefore lead to shock. Dehydration can be more severe in children and those who are losing fluids from vomiting and diarrhea, which puts them at higher risk of shock.

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