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CLINICAL CHALLENGES
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-69

Traumatic brain injury complicated by environmental hyperthermia


1 Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort hood, Texas, USA
2 Department of Clinical Investigation, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Correspondence Address:
Erik Hermstad
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort hood, Texas
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.58660

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Temperature variations after traumatic brain injury are common and devastating. This has been shown most clearly with hypothermia, but the complications associated with hyperthermia in the setting of traumatic brain injury can be just as problematic. We present the case of a soldier with traumatic brain injury exposed to environmental temperatures of 115-120° F with a core temperature of over 108° F. The complications of his conditions are discussed as well as potential treatments for the deadly combination of traumatic brain injury and environmental hyperthermia.


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