A 80-year-old male asked:
can hypothermia in an elderly pt be a symptom of an acute transformation of overlap myeloproliferative/myelodysplacticty disorder? pt has hi wbc & crp
1 doctor answer
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman answered
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Hypothermia/mds: Elderly often feel cooler than younger individuals. Hypothermia ( how low?) may be a sign of infection /sepsis just like high fever. If one has myelodysplastic syndrome , would check for UTI, a common cause of infection,subtle pneumonia.Also check thyroid, adrenal function. Elevated WBC is a concern for sepsis and transformation. Go to the ER for blood cultures and evaluation.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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