Heatstroke in psychiatric patients: two cases and a review.

  title={Heatstroke in psychiatric patients: two cases and a review.},
  author={Nigel Bark},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  volume={43 9},
  • Nigel Bark
  • Published 1982 in The Journal of clinical psychiatry
Two fatal cases of heatstroke in psychiatric patients are described. A literature search revealed published reports of heatstroke involving 51 psychiatric patients, 22 of whom died. The mean age of these patients was 44 years; the majority has schizophrenia. Almost all were male and were taking antipsychotic or other drugs with anticholinergic effects. The implications for prevention, recognition, and treatment are discussed. 

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