Differential Diagnosis | Accidental Hypothermia

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Differential Diagnosis

The differential of accidental hypothermia encompasses more than purely environmental exposure. Underlying illnesses or coexisting pathology can play a role in thermoinstability and can lead to the development and progression of hypothermia by decreasing heat production, increasing heat loss, or interfering with thermoregulation. Hypothermia secondary to such processes is sometimes referred to as secondary hypothermiaSee Table 1 for a list of causes of secondary hypothermia.

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