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Study Tip: Thyrotoxicosis

Thyrotoxicosis (Thyroid Storm) – a form of severe hyperthyroidism that can be precipitated by stress, injury, or infection. It is a life-threatening emergency. Manifestations of thyroid storm include temperature above 102 degrees F (39 degrees C) – with this high temperature, all organ systems will be affected, tachycardia, abdominal pain, systolic hypertension, N/V, confusion, agitation, tremors, and possible seizures. Management of treatment requires careful follow-up by an endocrinologist. Medications include antithyroid medications and radioactive iodine.

Content area: Med-Surg | Endocrine

Study Tip: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy – a disease that causes the enlargement of all the chambers of the heart, usually starting in the left ventricle which is heart’s main pumping chamber. The ventricle stretches, dilates, and unable to pump blood as it should. There is decreased cardiac out and decrease contractility as a result. Causes of primary cardiomyopathy is unknown, secondary cardiomyopathy may be caused by ischemia, infection, or metabolic disorders.
Cardiomyopathy is a common cause of heart failure and dysrhythmia, dilated cardiomyopathy can also contribute to irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), blood clots or sudden death. Treatment include digoxin, antidysrhythmics, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers. Heart transplantation may be considered if the damage to the heart is considered to be permanent and unrecoverable.

Content area: Med-Surg | Cardiac

Study Tip: Status Asthmaticus

Status Asthmaticus – a severe, life-threatening acute exacerbation of asthma attack that is unresponsive to initial treatments and interventions for asthma attack with bronchodilators. Status Asthmaticus places the client at high risk for respiratory failure. The client has acidosis, hypoxemia, hypoxia, and hypercapnia; all of these together with effects of increase lung volume place the client at risk for pneumothorax and cardiac arrest. Status asthmaticus is considered a medical emergency.

Content Area: Med-Surg – Respiratory

Critical Thinking Question

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Complications of Cirrhosis

One of the complications of cirrhosis is Hepatic Encephalopathy. This is a neurological problem resulting from too much ammonia in the blood. Medications for the treatment of Hepatic Encephalopathy include Lactulose and Neomycin.

Question:

A client is undergoing treatment for Hepatic Encephalopathy. What are two main goals (objectives) of therapeutic management for this client?

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