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Low body temperature

09/14/1999

Question:

My husband suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease. He frequently has a low body temperature, sometimes as low as 95.6, etc. Are there other medical conditions we should be aware of which cause a low body temperature?

Answer:

I`m not sure that a temperature that low at some times of the day in some individuals is necessarily concerning. I also am not aware of its association with what you called chronic Lyme Disease. Temperature regulation is controlled in large part by the hypothalamus in the brain. Damage to this area (either from trauma, infection, or tumor) can cause potentially dangerous problems with temperature regulation.

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Response by:

Kenneth   Skahan, MD Kenneth Skahan, MD
Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati