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Cerebral Hemodynamics and Metabolism in Accidental Hypothermia

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(1):57-59. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260010059008.
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The use of hypothermia to protect the central nervous system from circulatory insufficiency has become of increasing importance in medicine. This report is concerned with studies of the effects of accidental hypothermia on cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism of two patients, one having a body temperature of 21 C (69.8 F) and the other, of 29.4 C (84.9).

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Case 1.  —A 58-year-old man, who was found by the police in an unfurnished, unheated room, was admitted to the District of Columbia General Hospital in a confused and disoriented state on Feb. 23, 1956. The patient was unable to relate a history of preceding events upon admission or after recovery. The duration of exposure was undetermined. He denied any alcohol or drug consumption.On admission, the patient was shivering and lethargic but reacted to auditory and noxious stimulation. The blood pressure was 105/80 mm. of Hg; the pulse rate,


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