Hypotension: Sensitivity and Specificity
Introduction: Hypotension is obviously a critical life-threatening symptom, signifying shock. To distinguish between the principle (categories of) causes of hypotension, examine the extremities! Warm extremities means hyperdynamic, i.e. septic, whereas cold extremities means cardiogenic or hypovolemic.
24% sensitive, 83% specific
13% sensitive, 97% specific
36% sensitive, 96% specific
3.1% sensitive, 99% specific