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September 1968

Accidental Hypothermia in Erythroderma from Generalized Psoriasis

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From Middlesex Hospital, London.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(3):263-267. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610150049007

A patient is described with accidental hypothermia, rectal temperature 27.6 C (81.7 F) associated with generalized psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, and pneumonia.

It was suggested that heat loss from the skin had been an important factor in precipitating the episode of accidental hypothermia.

Investigations of thyroid function performed eight months after the acute episode showed no evidence of hypothyroidism but there was a reduced level of thyroxine-binding globulin.

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