Heat Stroke

In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan.


Heat-related illness is a spectrum of conditions progressing from heat exhaustion, heat injury, to life-threatening heat stroke. Heat stroke is a clinical constellation of symptoms that include a severe elevation in body temperature which typically, but not always, is greater than 40°C. Also, there must be clinical signs of central nervous system dysfunction that may include ataxia, delirium, or seizures, in the setting of exposure to hot weather or strenuous physical exertion. Risk factors include environmental variables, medications, drug use, and other medical comorbidities.

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