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October 13, 1969

Hypothermia in Hypoglycemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. Dr. Strauch is now with the National Heart Institute, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1969;210(2):345-346. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160280085028

Body temperature was investigated in 15 consecutive patients with hypoglycemia and in 20 patients with coma or stupor of diverse etiology. Hypothermia, defined as a rectal temperature of 96 F (35.6 C) or less, was observed in eight instances among the hypoglycemic group (53%) and in only one of the control subjects, a highly significant difference (P < 0.01). Hypothermia was found in all five hypoglycemic patients examined between 5 AM and noon.

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