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Definition of Hypovolemic shock

Hypovolemic shock: Shock due to a decrease in blood volume from bleeding, loss of blood plasma through severe burns, or dehydration. Symptoms include dizziness and loss of consciousness. This is the most frequent cause of shock. The primary treatment for hypovolemic shock is prompt intravenous administration of fluid and blood transfusion if necessary.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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