Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Year : 2017 | Month : December | Volume : 11 | Issue : 12 | Page : OR01 - OR04

Managing Exertional Heat Stroke Among the Combatants

Santosh Kumar Singh, Sarvinder Singh, Bhaskar Shahbabu, Ajait Kumar, Vani Singh

1. Lieutenant Colonel, Classified Specialist, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. 2. Colonel, Senior Advisor, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. 3. Medical Officer, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. 4. Lieutenant Colonel, Classified Specialist, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. 5. Senior Resident, Department of Radiationoncology, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Bhaskar Shahbabu,
Military Hospital Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand-834010, India.
E-mail: drbshahbabu@gmail.com

Abstract

Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS) is a medical emergency which when not addressed timely can lead to high mortality and morbidity. Armed forces are vulnerable to heat stroke because of their involvement in strenuous physical exercises in extremes of climatic conditions. The present case series aimed to analyse the clinical features, complications and effect of prompt treatment on the final outcome of the patients. Soldiers reporting with heat related cases were screened to identify those suffering from EHS and various relevant information was collected. It was found that 33.3% of patients were not acclimatised to the environment before taking part in strenuous physical activities and had deranged liver and renal function. Most (77.8%) of the patients had run 5 km just before having EHS. All patients had delirium on presentation and 16.7% had seizures. Majority (77.8%) of the patients had normal blood pressure on presentations. All patients developed diarrhea whereas liver enzymes were raised in 11.1%, 33.3% had renal failure and 11.1% developed multiorgan failure. On aggressive management with rapid cooling, intravenous fluids and other supportive medications, all patients of EHS recovered completely without any mortality and were discharged from the hospital within one week of admission, without any residual neurological deficit except two patients who developed multiorgan failure requiring haemodialysis for six weeks. Despite taking innumerable precautionary measures, EHS cannot be entirely prevented but continuous monitoring and aggressive management can lead to a great reduction in morbidity and mortality of the patients.

Keywords

Delirium, Exercise, Hot temperature, Military personnel, Seizures

How to cite this article :

Santosh Kumar Singh, Sarvinder Singh, Bhaskar Shahbabu, Ajait Kumar, Vani Singh. MANAGING EXERTIONAL HEAT STROKE AMONG THE COMBATANTS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 December [cited: 2017 Dec 17 ]; 11:OR01-OR04. Available from
http://www.jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2017&month=December&volume=11&issue=12&page=OR01-OR04&id=10926

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/28015.10926

Date of Submission: Mar 2, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Jun 14, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Aug 30, 2017
Date of Publishing: Dec 01, 2017

FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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