Extreme Hyperpyrexia of Uncertain Origin.
J Emerg Med. 2016 Jun 27;
Authors: Shah NT, Habtegebriel YA, Bloomfield DA
BACKGROUND: The definition of hyperpyrexia is currently limited to temperatures reaching 106.7°F. A wide range of etiologies have been identified in the literature for an insidious onset of hyperpryexia, however a rapid ascent higher than temperatures of 106.7°F has never been reported nor evaluated. We present the case of a young paraplegic who developed an extreme hyperpyrexia, which to our knowledge is the highest occurring temperature reported in contemporary medical literature. He had a number of medical conditions, none of which are known to produce fever. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: Fever, although a common presentation in the ER in the presence of various symptoms and comorbidities can obscure the diagnosis and lead to unwarranted evaluations. As such this patients case identifies a diagnosis of a fatal ascension of fever.
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