Fast Five Quiz: Are You Familiar With Key Elements Regarding Heat Stroke?

Richard H. Sinert, DO


August 02, 2017

Aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels commonly rise to the tens of thousands during the early phases of heat stroke and peak at 48 hours, but they may take as long as 2 weeks to peak.

Hypoglycemia may occur in patients with EHS and in patients with fulminant hepatic failure.

Elevated white blood cell counts commonly are observed in patients with heat stroke, and levels as high as 40,000 cells/μL have been reported. Platelet levels may be low. CSF cell counts may show a nonspecific pleocytosis, and CSF protein levels may be elevated as high as 150 mg/dL.

For more on the workup of heat stroke, read here.


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