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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-93

Heatstroke


Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Abhijit Goyal-Honavar
Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_4_20

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Heat-related illnesses are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in tropical climates; they range from innocuous heat cramps to life-threatening heat strokes, and yet, the data regarding their evaluation and management are far from definitive. It is a condition with an evolving definition, the most recent by the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine eschewing the use of specific temperature cutoffs. Cooling measures such as evaporative cooling are of utmost importance in bringing about a rapid decrease in core body temperature, with evidence showing the effectiveness of invasive measures and other techniques to reduce organ dysfunction unsatisfactory. High-quality prospective studies comparing various modalities of treatment is the need of the hour, and the implementation of preventive measures must be more widely undertaken.


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