Bjørnar Hassel, MD
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To the Editors: Hypothermia in association with antibiotic therapy has never been reported in the medical literature. I report two cases of hypothermia that occurred during erythromycin treatment.
A 3-year-old boy with atopic eczema and mild, untreated bronchial asthma developed purulent bronchitis and a rectal temperature of 39.5 °C. He received erythromycin, 100 mg four times a day in an oral solution. After the third dose, he became increasingly somnolent and unresponsive; his skin became pale, cold, and clammy, and his muscles became slack. Respiration was unaffected. Rectal temperature was 34.3 °C. He had not received any medication other than
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Hassel B. Hypothermia from Erythromycin. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:69-70. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-69_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):69-70.
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