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Endocrine Abstracts (2008) 15 S30

SFEBES2008 Symposia The endocrinology of critical illness (4 abstracts)

Thyroid hormone axis in critical illness

Steve Ball

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.

Alterations in thyroid function tests are common in non-thyroidal illness. There remains a significant debate as to whether these alterations contribute to morbidity and mortality. Recent data have highlighted the heterogeneity and natural history of altered thyroid function in non-thyroidal illness; particularly in relation to critical illness. Moreover, the biological mediators of these changes are becoming clearer. This presentation will review the physiology and pathophysiology of thyroid function in non-thyroidal illness and provide a framework for understanding both the processes involved and the impact on outcome.

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