Simplifying Science Descipher Logo   
Disease or Condition — Hormonal, Nutritional, Metabolic, and Immune Disorders:
decreased effective plasma volume

Information displayed below is a subset of the entire knowledge base and may be incorrect, or incomplete intensionally or inadvertently. If you detect a serious error or want access to the complete knowledge base, please contact us.


Decreased effective plasma volume is a condition in which the amount of fluid in the circulatory system is reduced. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration, excessive sweating, blood loss, and certain medications. When the effective plasma volume is decreased, the body is unable to maintain adequate blood pressure and perfusion of organs and tissues. This can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, and decreased urine output. Treatment for decreased effective plasma volume typically involves replenishing the lost fluid and electrolytes.

  • hypertonic dehydration
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • anorexia
  • convulsions
  • fatigue
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
Signs (examiner's findings)
  • cold skin temperature
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • deep reflexes
  • depressed sensorium
  • disorientation
  • edema
  • pathological reflex
  • periodic breathing
Basic Lab Tests (measurements)

Detailed Disease and Condition Information (use the search buttons below to find details on these topics)
All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: