Chronic hypothermia and energy expenditure in a neurodevelopmentally disabled patient

A case study

Jane M. Gervasio, Roland Dickerson, Rex Brown, J. Barret Matthews

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Abstract

Hypothermia is defined as a core body temperature of <35°C and results in a decrease in measured resting energy expenditure. A 51-year-old mentally disabled patient experienced chronic hypothermia from neurologic sequelae. Because of her continued weight gain and increased body fat in the presence of presumed hypocaloric nutrition, indirect calorimetry measurements were performed twice in a 3-month period. The resting energy expenditure measurements prompted a reduction of her daily caloric intake to prevent further overfeeding. Hypothermia reduces oxygen consumption and, as a consequence, decreases resting energy expenditure. In patients for whom chronic hypothermia is a problem, nutritional intake must be adjusted to prevent overfeeding, excessive weight gain, and the long-term complications of an excess of total calories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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Hypothermia
Energy Metabolism
Weight Gain
Indirect Calorimetry
Mentally Disabled Persons
Energy Intake
Body Temperature
Oxygen Consumption
Nervous System
Adipose Tissue

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Chronic hypothermia and energy expenditure in a neurodevelopmentally disabled patient : A case study. / Gervasio, Jane M.; Dickerson, Roland; Brown, Rex; Matthews, J. Barret.

In: Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Vol. 12, No. 5, 01.12.1997, p. 211-215.

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