refractory shock


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refractory shock

Shock that does not respond to standard treatments, e.g., with oxygenation and ventilation, fluid resuscitation and the restoration of perfusion, and identification and treatment of infection. It typically requires high doses of vasopressors, e.g., more than 15 mcg/kg/min of dopamine to maintain a blood pressure of 60 mm Hg.
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9% mortality); 2 from complications related to aspiration pneumonia and 1 from refractory shock secondary to concomitant beta-blocker overdose.
She died 6 days after symptom onset, with refractory shock and respiratory failure caused by bilateral pneumothorax.