Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock

: 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146--148

Inferior vena cava obstruction and shock

Megri Mohammed1, Shaheed Elhamdani2, Waiel Abusnina1, Aldliw Majdi3, Shweihat Yousef3 
1 Department of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA
2 Marshall University, 3th year Medical Student, Huntington, WV, USA
3 Department of Medicine, Marshall University, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Huntington, WV, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Megri Mohammed
Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Shock is one of the most challenging life-threatening conditions with high mortality and morbidity; the outcomes are highly dependent on the early detection and management of the condition. Septic shock is the most common type of shock in the Intensive Care Unit. While not as common as other subsets of shock, obstructive shock is a significant subtype due to well defined mechanical and pathological causes, including tension pneumothorax, massive pulmonary embolism, and cardiac tamponade. We are presenting a patient with obstructive shock due to inferior vena cava obstruction secondary to extensive deep venous thrombosis. Chance of survival from obstructive shock in our patient was small; however, there was complete and immediate recovery after treatment of the obstruction on recognizing the affected vessels. This case alerts the practicing intensivist and the emergency medicine physician to consider occlusion of the great vessels other than the pulmonary artery or aorta as causes of obstructive shock.

How to cite this article:
Mohammed M, Elhamdani S, Abusnina W, Majdi A, Yousef S. Inferior vena cava obstruction and shock.J Emerg Trauma Shock 2018;11:146-148

How to cite this URL:
Mohammed M, Elhamdani S, Abusnina W, Majdi A, Yousef S. Inferior vena cava obstruction and shock. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 12 ];11:146-148
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