Septic Shock pp 161-178 | Cite as

The Circulatory Defect of Septic Shock

  • L. G. Thijs
  • A. B. J. Groeneveld
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 4)


Septic shock in man is generally characterized by a normal or mostly increased cardiac output (CO), a decreased systemic vascular resistance (SVR), a decreased arterio-mixed venous oxygen content difference \((Ca - \bar{v}{{O}_{2}})\) and elevated blood lactate levels [1–9]. This hyperdynamic profile is usually observed in the earlier stages of this highly lethal disease but a significant number of patients show such a pattern throughout the course of their illness.


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