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Exertional Heat Illness Resulting in Acute Liver Failure and Liver Transplantation

Fall 2017

Boni B, Amann C. 17(3). 15 - 17. (Case Reports)


Heat illness remains a large medical burden for militaries around the world. Mitigating the incidence as well as the complications of heat illness must remain on the forefront of operational planning when operating in hot environments. We report the case of a 27-year-old male U.S. Marine who sustained a heat-related illness resulting in fulminant liver failure and permanent disability. The patient was transferred from the field to a civilian hospital. On hospital day 5, liver failure was identified. The patient was transferred to a transplant center, where he successfully received a liver transplant.

Keywords: heat-related illness; liver failure

PMID: 28910461

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