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Although endocrine conditions are rare, you need to have a basic familiarity with the endocrine dysfunctions that your patients could have.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Realize the diversity of the endocrine system and its potential dysfunctions
  • Explain the role of the endocrine system
  • Identify the significant endocrine glands and hormones
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of endocrine dysfunction
  • Relate past medical history to endocrine dysfunction
  • Describe the diagnostic studies used to determine the patient's condition
  • Discuss the clinical presentation of various endocrine dysfunctions such as Diabetes Insipidus, SIAH, Ketoacidosis, Thyrotoxic crisis, Myxedema coma, Phenochromocytoma
  • Discuss the signs, symptoms, and treatment of hypoglycemia


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