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Diagnostic Tests for Hypothermia

Diagnostic Test list for Hypothermia:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Hypothermia includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Temperature - (Hypothermia is defined as a fall in the core (i.e. rectal) temperature to below 35 degrees Celsius).
    • Examine for features of hypothermia including reduced pulse rate, shallow breathing, muscle stiffness, reduced reflexes, reduced blood pressure
    • Examine for enlarged thyroid which may suggest hypothyroidism
    • Examine for postural hypotension and pigmentation characteristic of Addison's disease
    • Full neurological investigation looking for evidence of stroke, epidural or subdural haematoma or thiamine deficiency
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) - examining for arrhythmias due to hypothermia which may include tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation or aystole.
  • Radiological investigations
    • Chest X-Ray
    • CT Scan of Brain, if any nervous system abnormalities or disorders of consciousness are present

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Hypothermia causes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Hypothermia:

To figure out whether someone is suffering from hypothermia, take his or her temperature with a thermometer. First shake the thermometer to below its lowest point. Then, if the temperature appears to be below 96° F (35.5° C) or it can’t be read on an oral thermometer, take the person’s temperature again using a rectal thermometer for a more exact reading. If the thermometer still does not show the temperature or is below 96 degrees F, call for emergency help. The only way to tell accurately if a person has hypothermia is to use a special thermometer that can read temperatures below 94° F (34° C). Most hospitals have these thermometers. (Source: excerpt from Accidental Hypothermia -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hypothermia:

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hypothermia:

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