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Acute liver failure is frequent during heat stroke

By JM Garcin, JA Bronstein, S Cremades, P Courbin and F Cointet


Acute liver failure (ALF) is relatively frequent during heat stroke (HS). This risk must be emphasized, because its incidence is higher than is usually thought. In a recent study by Weigand et al, two cases were reported in which liver failure was the leading symptom. We have confirmed their conclusion in a study of 25 cases of HS with ALF, compared with 25 other cases without ALF. Moreover, we observed that hypophosphatemia on admission could predict occurrence of ALF during HS. As for clinical and other biological parameters, phosphatemia should be monitored for at least 3 d in all cases of HS, even when it is thought to be mild

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