Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174120
Title: Re-visiting the tympanic membrane vicinity as core body temperature measurement site
Authors: Yeoh W.K.
Lee J.K.W. 
Lim H.Y. 
Gan C.W. 
Liang W. 
Tan K.K. 
Keywords: army
core temperature
eardrum
human
human versus animal comparison
nonhuman
primate
temperature measurement
tympanic temperature
anatomy and histology
animal
antibody specificity
biological model
body temperature
devices
eardrum
middle ear
physiology
procedures
thermometer
thermometry
Animals
Body Temperature
Ear, Middle
Humans
Models, Biological
Organ Specificity
Primates
Thermometers
Thermometry
Tympanic Membrane
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Yeoh W.K., Lee J.K.W., Lim H.Y., Gan C.W., Liang W., Tan K.K. (2017). Re-visiting the tympanic membrane vicinity as core body temperature measurement site. PLoS ONE 12 (4) : e0174120. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174120
Abstract: Core body temperature (CBT) is an important and commonly used indicator of human health and endurance performance. A rise in baseline CBT can be attributed to an onset of flu, infection or even thermoregulatory failure when it becomes excessive. Sites which have been used for measurement of CBT include the pulmonary artery, the esophagus, the rectum and the tympanic membrane. Among them, the tympanic membrane is an attractive measurement site for CBT due to its unobtrusive nature and ease of measurement facilitated, especially when continuous CBT measurements are needed for monitoring such as during military, occupational and sporting settings. However, to-date, there are still polarizing views on the suitability of tympanic membrane as a CBT site. This paper will revisit a number of key unresolved issues in the literature and also presents, for the first time, a benchmark of the middle ear temperature against temperature measurements from other sites. Results from experiments carried out on human and primate subjects will be presented to draw a fresh set of insights against the backdrop of hypotheses and controversies. © 2017 Yeoh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/166014
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174120
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