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What are some different causes of hypothermia?
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Jimmy Yang
General Practice
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In brief: Many causes
One category of causes is increased heat loss, such as environmental exposure, drug side-effects, and skin disorders.
Another category is decreased heat production, such as from hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia or malnutrition. You can also think about impaired regulation, typically from neurologic disease. In addition, a condition like sepsis (associated with severe infection) can cause hypothermia.

In brief: Many causes
One category of causes is increased heat loss, such as environmental exposure, drug side-effects, and skin disorders.
Another category is decreased heat production, such as from hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia or malnutrition. You can also think about impaired regulation, typically from neurologic disease. In addition, a condition like sepsis (associated with severe infection) can cause hypothermia.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Causes...
Hypothermia is when the body temperature is low.
Some causes of this include exposure to the elements in a cold climate (ex. Hiking in the winter w/o adequate warm clothing), exposure to cold water (ex. People in the water when a boat capsizes in frigid water). Hypothermia can also be induced by doctors to decrease a person's metabolic rate, thereby increasing survival. Just a few examples!

In brief: Causes...
Hypothermia is when the body temperature is low.
Some causes of this include exposure to the elements in a cold climate (ex. Hiking in the winter w/o adequate warm clothing), exposure to cold water (ex. People in the water when a boat capsizes in frigid water). Hypothermia can also be induced by doctors to decrease a person's metabolic rate, thereby increasing survival. Just a few examples!
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