Which arterial blood gas findings suggest heat stroke?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Arterial blood gas analysis may reveal respiratory alkalosis due to direct central nervous system (CNS) stimulation and metabolic acidosis due to lactic acidosis. Hypoxia may be due to pulmonary atelectasis, aspiration pneumonitis, or pulmonary edema.


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