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High Temperature - Hyperthermia


Hyperthermia occurs when heat production exceeds heat loss. It is a failure of the body’s heat dissipating mechanisms and is often seen in the unacclimatized individual, particularly the elderly. Occasionally an adverse genetic predisposition to certain drugs will cause hyperthermia. Fever, on the other hand, does not involve exposure to heat but rather is the reaction of the body to infection (occasionally other causes). It rarely involves failure of the heat dissipating mechanisms unless the temperature is high and prolonged.


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