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Principles of Critical Care, 3e
Part XI. Special Problems in Critical Care
Chapter 111. Hyperthermia
Janice L. Zimmerman, Nicola A. Hanania
heat stroke; hyperthermia; thermal injury.
Hyperthermia is defined as a core body temperature above 38.2°C (101.8°F) and is commonly present in patients in the intensive care unit. In most cases, hyperthermia is a consequence of the presence of pyrogens that reset the hypothalamic thermoregulatory mechanism to a higher temperature.
This response, referred to as
, is part of the individual's immune response to infection, malignancy, inflammation, or autoimmune disease...."
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