Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies
Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

by Sharon Bord, MD

Endocrine emergencies are often potentially life-threatening and are easy to overlook, especially in patients without a history of endocrinologic disease. Emergencies of the endocrine system are relatively infrequent in clinical practice. Correct management requires prompt recognition and treatment, often without supporting laboratory studies. Understanding the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms of these acute states of hormone excess or deficiency assists in establishing the correct diagnosis and initiating the proper therapy.

On the other hand, electrolyte and fluid imbalances are commonly observed in the inpatient setting, especially in critically ill patients. These patients are often asymptomatic. However, in severe cases, they can present with muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, neurological alterations, or cardiac emergencies. After a precise history (including drug prescriptions) has been obtained from the patient or their relatives, determining acid-base status, hydration status, and plasma and urine osmolality, and, of course, electrolyte levels are important first steps for evaluating etiology and extent of disease. The rate of correction of the electrolyte disorder is often very important as well, as therapy can cause more severe damage than the disease itself.

Course Details

  • Videos 11
  • Duration 1:08 h
  • Quiz questions 34
  • Concept Pages 14


Your Educators of course Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

 Sharon Bord, MD

Sharon Bord, MD

Dr. Sharon Bord is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, USA.
She obtained her MD at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2004 and then completed residency training at Boston Medical Center.
She has a focus on both undergraduate and graduate medical education, and is a member of the Teaching College, a group of faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine dedicated to educational endeavors for residents and medical students.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Bord teaches courses on Emergency Medicine.

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By Alaena A. on 28. September 2022 for Hyperkalemia: Etiology & ECG

I really like Dr. Bord's explanation and back to basics review added here and there. I really like her explanation of the progression of changes you would see on an ekg.

By Ameli A. on 09. August 2022 for Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

And efficiently synthetized course, keeping the most important points for reference. Short, concise and very well explained. Love the slides too, thank you!

By Dr-Nadeem N. on 26. April 2022 for Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

Way of teaching is excellent with core clear concepts i really appreciate efforts of madam really suggest good stuff like that i hope more videos of madam soon.

By Ahmad A. on 03. July 2021 for Endocrine and Electrolyte Emergencies

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