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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.

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Associated Diagnoses:

Cardiac Tamponade

24% sensitive, 83% specific


13% sensitive, 97% specific

Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy

36% sensitive, 96% specific

Acute Coronary Syndrome

3.1% sensitive, 99% specific