Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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The evaluation of hypotension begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with hypotension may include:

Tests are usually necessary to determine the cause of hypotension.

Tests that may be used to evaluate hypotension include:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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