Exertional heat stroke in a young military trainee: Is it preventable?

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Background: Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition with exertional heat stroke occurring frequently among soldiers and athletes. Because of its common occurrence, many military trainees practice preventive measures prior to any activity requiring severe exertion. Although it is said to be common in practice, different presentations of heat stroke are scarcely described in literature. Case Presentation: We describe a case of an exertional heat stroke in a 23-year-old male Sinhalese soldier who developed early changes of renal failure, liver failure and rhabdomyolysis. The patient initially presented with convulsions, delirium and loss of consciousness to an outside health care facility before being transferred to our institution. Conclusion: It is clear that heat stroke does occur in military trainees while preventive strategies are being practiced. It is important for those who provide healthcare to soldiers to provide proper advice on how to identify impending heat stroke prior to any exercises resulting in severe physical exertion. Further, treating physicians should educate all military trainees about preventive strategies.

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Wijerathne, B. T. B., Pilapitiya, S. D., Vijitharan, V., Farah, M. M. F., Wimalasooriya, Y. V. M., & Siribaddana, S. H. (2016). Exertional heat stroke in a young military trainee: Is it preventable? Military Medical Research, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40779-016-0078-1

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