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Initial evaluation of shock in children

Mark Waltzman, MD
Section Editor
Susan B Torrey, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


This topic will review the initial evaluation of children with shock and focus on the clinical features that identify and classify shock and can be used to evaluate response to treatment.

The physiology, classification, and initial management of pediatric shock, including the evaluation and management of specific types of pediatric shock are discussed separately:

(See "Physiology and classification of shock in children".)

(See "Initial management of shock in children".)

(See "Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis in children: Definitions, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis".)


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