A knack for "NAC": Treatment for heat stroke induced acute liver injury. Journal Article


Authors: Monzon, B; Hegarty, K; Rech, MA
Article Title: A knack for "NAC": Treatment for heat stroke induced acute liver injury.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Heat stroke occurs when the body's core temperature becomes elevated above 40 °C, which may impact multiple organ systems. We present a case of heat stroke resulting in acute liver injury (ALI) successfully treated with intravenous N-acetylcysteine (NAC). CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old unresponsive male without significant past medical history presented to the emergency department with heat stroke; his initial temperature was 107.4 °F. During his hospital course, he developed ALI with significant elevation in aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and total bilirubin. These laboratory findings peaked by hospital day two, but improved prior to discharge on hospital day five and throughout his follow up clinic visits. His treatment course included cooling measures, supportive care, supplemental oxygen and airway management, seizure control, and intravenous NAC therapy. CONCLUSION: Hepatocellular injury is one of the most serious complications of heat stroke. We discuss the incidence and outcomes for patients who develop acute liver injury secondary to heat stroke and the use of NAC as an early potential therapeutic option.
Journal Title: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN: 1532-8171; 0735-6757
Publisher: Unknown  
Date Published: 2019
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