A prospective observational study on assessment of types of shock in children and requirement of inotropes in treatment of shock in tertiary care hospital

Jhansi Rani Kotha, Hari Krishna Kothapally, Sai Chand Pinnoju, Sudheer Kumar


Background: Shock is a state of impaired tissue perfusion which result in an imbalance between oxygen demand and supply. This reduction in effective tissue perfusion causes insufficient or improper delivery and distribution of oxygen and nutrients. There is sparse date regarding epidemiology of shock in paediatrics. In this study we were aimed to assess the types of shock and treatment of shock with Inotropes.

Methods: Children of age 1 month to 12 years with a clinical diagnosis of shock were included.

Results: Out of 155 children admitted with shock 72.2% had septic shock, 25.8% had hypovolemic shock, 1.2% had cardiogenic shock, 0.6% had dengue shock. In this study the mortality rate was 8.39% of total patients. The mortality rate of septic shock, hypovolemic shock, cardiogenic shock was 84%, 7.69%, 7.69% respectively. 74.33% of patients were treated with two Inotropes, 5.3% were treated with more than two Inotropes, 11.5% were treated with single Inotropes and 0.88% was treated with no inotrope.

Conclusions: In the present study, among all types of shock the prevalence and mortality rate was more with Septic shock. As shock has high mortality rate in children the early recognition and patient education is required.


Hypovolemic shock, Septic shock, Cardiogenic shock, Dengue shock, Inotropes, Mortality

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