Purpose of review: To review the current literature describing drug-induced hyperthermia and its treatment. Specifically, five syndromes will be discussed: malignant hyperthermia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, anticholinergic poisoning, sympathomimetic poisoning, and serotonin syndrome.
Recent findings: The most recent findings in the literature are the recognition of previously undescribed drugs or drug combinations that have lead to hyperthermia. Recent literature also attests to the potential morbidity and mortality of drug-induced hyperthermia.
Summary: Although the recognition of causative agents is increasing, the treatment of drug-induced hyperthermia remains unchanged and continues to be primarily supportive.