R57.2: Septic shock

You had a circulatory shock.

The heart pumps blood through the blood vessels to the body. The blood then flows back to the heart through other blood vessels. Together, the heart and the blood vessels form the blood circulatory system. Blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to the tissue in the body.

A circulatory shock involves having major problems with the circulatory system. As a result, some areas of the body no longer get a sufficient supply of blood. A circulatory shock can produce a variety of symptoms. The blood pressure may be low and the heart may beat more quickly than usual. Insufficient blood no longer being able to get to the brain may cause you to lose consciousness. Certain organs may no longer work properly. This can affect the kidneys or lungs, for example. A circulatory shock can be life-threatening. There are different reasons for a circulatory shock.

Your circulatory shock was caused by blood poisoning. Blood poisoning is the most severe outcome of a disorder that has been caused by pathogens. Blood poisoning is also known as sepsis. With this, pathogens or their toxins may spread throughout the body via the blood. If the body’s immune system does not react properly to this, organs and tissue can become damaged. The damage may be extremely severe. It may be impossible to get it under control.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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