The golden hour in heat stroke: Use of iced peritoneal lavage

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A case of heat stroke is described in which the patient presented comatose with a rectal temperature exceeding 42.5°C. Standard external evaporative cooling and iced gastric lavage failed to alter his temperature or mental status. Iced peritoneal lavage brought about a decrease in rectal temperature to 39.4°C and significant improvement in mental status. The patient recovered uneventfully. Techniques of rapid cooling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-619
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Heat stroke
  • hyperthermia
  • peritoneal lavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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