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Journal Article

Citation

Wang AY, Li PK, Lui SF, Lai KN. Ren. Fail. 1995; 17(2): 171-179.

Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital Shatin.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1995, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7644768

Abstract

We report a fatal case of heatstroke in an obese boy who developed multi-organ failure. Six other cases of exertional heatstroke admitted to our hospital over the last 5 years were also reviewed. All of them showed some degree of renal impairment. The causes of renal failure are multifactorial, with rhabdomyolysis being the major mechanism. All cases except one responded to alkaline diuresis without the need for dialysis. Continuous venovenous hemofiltration appeared to be a good alternative in hemodynamically unstable patients. Renal function recovered completely after varying intervals in all surviving cases. Interestingly, rhabdomyolysis in our heatstroke patients was usually associated with hypokalemia or normokalemia instead of hyperkalemia. Mortality in our series was largely related to the long duration of hyperthermia and coma, the severity of disseminated intravascular coagulation, and the presence of cardiogenic shock and severe acidosis.


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