Sunday, February 25, 2018


Q: Traumatic brain injury can result in (select one)

A) Hypovolemic shock
B) Distributive shock
C) Cardiogenic shock
D) Obstructive shock
E) Mixed type shock

Answer: B

Objective of this question is to highlight the point that neurogenic shock is a sub-type of non-septic distributive shock.

Similarly, inflammatory shock (SIRS) as well as anaphylactic shock, liver failure, vasoplegia and beriberi are all sub-types of non-septic distributive shock.


Vincent JL, De Backer D. Circulatory shock. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:1726.

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