Thursday, November 4, 2010

fever, chills, rigors

DEFINITION FEVER
elevation of body temperature that exceeds the normal daily variation and occurs in conjunction with an increase in the hypothalamic set point—for example, from 37C to 39C (shift of the set point from “normothermic” to febrile levels)

CHILLS
a sensation of coldness

RIGORS
exaggerated shivering

how all of these related?
fever comes with abnormally high body temperature, but why the patient can has chills and rigors (or shivering)?

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