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VOLUME 22 , ISSUE 8 ( 2018 ) > List of Articles


A hot body in a cold room hyperthermia secondary to rapid diuresis in cardiac failure; the perils of rapid fluid shifts

Surya Joseph, Siddharth Bhattacharjee, Praveen Sreekumar

Keywords : Cardiac failure, causes, diuresis, fever, hyperthermia, pump failure, rapid diuresis

Citation Information : Joseph S, Bhattacharjee S, Sreekumar P. A hot body in a cold room hyperthermia secondary to rapid diuresis in cardiac failure; the perils of rapid fluid shifts. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (8):608-610.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_179_18

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


A 66-year-old man was admitted with anasarca and congestive cardiac failure. He was started on intravenous diuretics and fluid restriction and lost nearly 35 kg of fluids in 13 days. He then developed hyperthermia and delirium. An extensive workup was inconclusive. Analysis of his inpatient fluid balance chart revealed the chance association of massive fluid loss and hyperthermia. Rapid diuresis-induced hyperthermia and volume contraction were considered, and his fluid balance was adjusted. Within 2 days, his temperature normalized and he regained consciousness. Hyperthermia and its causative mechanism are discussed in this article.

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