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January 1979

Hypothermia, A Grave Prognostic Sign in Hepatic Coma

Author Affiliations

From the Veterans Administration Hospital, Big Spring, Tex, and the Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock.

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(1):103-104. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630380081027

Hypothermia is a grave prognostic finding in hepatic coma. Occasionally, it is found in patients whose conditions are stabilized clinically or are improving. When hypothermia occurs, the patients usually die within 24 to 48 hours.

All of the patients described herein who eventually improved sufficiently to be discharged from the hospital achieved normal temperatures.

(Arch Intern Med 139:103-104, 1979)

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