Gepost in: Infecties

The pathophysiological basis and consequences of fever

There are numerous causes of a raised core temperature. A fever occurring in sepsis may be associated with a survival benefit. However, this is not the case for non-infective triggers. Where heat generation exceeds heat loss and the core temperature rises above that set by the hypothalamus, a combination of cellular, local, organ-specific, and systemic effects occurs and puts the individual at risk of both short-term and long-term dysfunction which, if severe or sustained, may lead to death. This narrative review is part of a series that will outline the pathophysiology of pyrogenic and non-pyrogenic fever, concentrating primarily on the pathophysiology of non-septic causes.




Edward James Walter, Sameer Hanna-Jumma, Mike Carraretto and Lui Forni


Walter et al. Critical Care (2016) 20:200 DOI 10.1186/s13054-016-1375-5