Hyperthermia and Hypothermia During Neurosurgical Procedures

  • Eric Tesoriero
  • Evgeni Brotfain
  • Akiva LeibowitzEmail author


Normal physiologic mechanisms achieve tight control of core body temperature, which is required for normal homeostasis. General anesthesia impairs normal thermoregulatory control, while the OR environment and surgical exposure are predisposing factors for hypothermia. Perioperative hypothermia is associated with increased morbidity from wound infection, coagulopathy, and myocardial ischemia. While there has been interest in brain protective effects of induced mild hypothermia in neurosurgical procedures, it has not been shown to improve outcomes. Some studies have shown improved neurological outcomes in patients who were cooled following ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest, but more recent data advocate normothermia post-arrest. Hyperthermia, which may be a result of numerous clinical disorders, is detrimental to the injured brain and should be avoided.


Hypothermia Redistribution hypothermia Radiation heat transfer Therapeutic Hypothermia Shivering Hyperthermia Malignant hyperthermia Fever 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Tesoriero
    • 1
  • Evgeni Brotfain
    • 2
  • Akiva Leibowitz
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain MedicineBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical CareSoroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain MedicineHarvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA

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