How is refractory hyperthermia treated?

Updated: Oct 14, 2020
  • Author: Erik D Schraga, MD; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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For refractory cases of hyperthermia, the following techniques can be considered in consultation with the intensive care unit team:

  • Cardiopulmonary bypass

  • Cool air pulmonary jet ventilation

  • Iced water rectal lavage

  • Hemodialysis

  • Intravascular cooling (This technique has been successful in a few cases but is not a currently validated therapy for hyperthermia. [16] )

However, because ice water immersion is so effective, these methods are rarely necessary.

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