What causes increased heat production in cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Cocaine affects the anterior hypothalamus, which increases the thermoset point. Agitation secondary to intoxication results in increased motor activity, which causes increased heat production.

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