Hypothermia

Alternative Names

Low body temperature; Cold exposure

Definition of Hypothermia

Hypothermia is dangerously low body temperature, below 95 °F (35 °C).

Symptoms

As people develop hypothermia, their abilities to think and move are often lost slowly. In fact, they may even be unaware that they need emergency treatment. Someone with hypothermia also is likely to have frostbite.

Review

Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 1/14/2010

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