What is the role of hepatic function tests in the workup of heat stroke?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Hepatic injury is a consistent finding in patients with heat stroke.

Aminotransferase (aspartate aminotransferase [AST] and alanine aminotransferase [ALT]) llevels commonly rise to the tens of thousands during the early phases of heat stroke and peak at 48 hours, but they may take as long as 2 weeks to peak.

Jaundice may be striking and may be noted 36-72 hours after the onset of liver failure.


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