Carrie Morgan1, Derek S. Wheeler2, 3, *
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 35
Last Page: 37
Publisher Id: TOPEDJ-7-35
Article History:Received Date: 17/12/2012
Revision Received Date: 21/12/2012
Acceptance Date: 02/01/2013
Electronic publication date: 22/2/2013
Collection year: 2013
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Obstructive shock is a less common, but important cause of shock in critically ill infants and children. It is caused by mechanical obstruction of blood flow to and/or from the heart and causes can include a tension pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade, pulmonary embolus, or cardiac defects resulting in left-sided outflow tract obstruction. Each of these can result in similar physiology with poor perfusion and oxygen delivery to the body, though the diagnosis and treatment are unique to each process and thus described individually.