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Heat Stroke (cont.)

Heat Stroke Diagnosis

The diagnosis of heat stroke is almost always made by the patient's symptoms, exposure to hot surroundings, and taking the core body temperature (rectal temperature). Other tests are usually done to check electrolyte levels, urine studies for renal damage, liver damage, and rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown). Tests such as chest X-ray, CT, or MRI may be ordered to search for additional organ damage.

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