obstructive shock


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Related to obstructive shock: distributive shock, cardiogenic shock, septic shock
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Noun1.obstructive shock - shock caused by obstruction of blood flow
shock - (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor; "loss of blood is an important cause of shock"
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Obstructive shock is caused by a mechanical obstruction to blood flow, such as a pulmonary embolus (PE), cardiac tamponade, or venous obstruction.
CT revealed multiple bilateral pulmonary emboli as the cause of the obstructive shock (Figure 2).

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