Thyroid Disorders

First Things First (assess & treat for the following)


  • Does pt have evidence of shock?
    • Severe hypovolemia or high-output cardiac failure
  • Does pt have an arrhythmia?


  • ABCs
  • Look for:
    • Shock
    • Arrhythmias
    • Coma (“myxedema” or “myxedema coma” is a life-threatening complication of severe hypothyroidism)

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Last updated: May 5, 2010