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Predisposition in the elderly

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Constitution: some people are more at risk than others due to impaired thermoregulation - therefore beware recurrence

Low room temperatures: winter, poverty, lack of insulation, no central heating, inadequate clothing

Medical factors: acute illness, chronic disease, immobility and drugs (see aetiology section)

ref: N Lawrence et al, HB Emergencies in Gen Pract 2e, 1996

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