The pathophysiological basis and consequences of fever.

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The pathophysiological basis and consequences of fever.

Crit Care. 2016;20(1):200

Authors: Walter EJ, Hanna-Jumma S, Carraretto M, Forni L

There are numerous causes of a raised core temperature. A fever occurring in sepsis may be associated with a survival benefit. However, this is not the case for non-infective triggers. Where heat generation exceeds heat loss and the core temperature rises above that set by the hypothalamus, a combination of cellular, local, organ-specific, and systemic effects occurs and puts the individual at risk of both short-term and long-term dysfunction which, if severe or sustained, may lead to death. This narrative review is part of a series that will outline the pathophysiology of pyrogenic and non-pyrogenic fever, concentrating primarily on the pathophysiology of non-septic causes.

PMID: 27411542 [PubMed - in process]

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