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A 35 year old marathon runner is brought in after falling down and developing a generalised tonic-clonic seizure lasting 3 minutes. He had been running for 5 hours continuously at that time, in a very hot climate.

His medical history is unremarkable, and there is no family history of cardiac disease or early deaths.

His random plasma glucose is 83.8 mg/dl.

Select Relevant Investigations
Arterial Blood Gases

Performed

On room air:
PO2: 80 mmHg (> 75)
PCO2: 37 mmHg (35 - 45)
pH: 7.4 (7.35 - 7.45)
HCO3: 24 mmol/l (22 - 26)
EEG

Performed

The EEG shows only generalized slowing compatible with a postictal state.
CT Brain

Performed

The CT scan demonstrates effacement of the cortical sulci and basilar cisterns. There is no midline shift, or evidence of hemorrhages or mass lesions.
Serum Electrolytes

Performed

Na+ 116 mmol/l (135 - 145)
K+ 4.7 mmol/l (3.5 - 5.5)
Cl- 97 mmol/l (95 - 105)

Select Relevant Management
Hypertonic saline
Fluid restriction
DVT prophylaxis
IV 50% glucose stat