Altered Mental Status and Endocrine Diseases.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 May;32(2):367-378
Authors: Park E, Abraham MK
Although the altered mental status is a common presentation in the emergency department, altered mental status caused by endocrine emergencies is rare. The altered patient could have an endocrine cause that can quickly improve with appropriate diagnosis and interventions. When dealing with limited information and an obtunded patient, it is important to have a broad differential diagnosis, pick up on the physical examination findings, and evaluate laboratory abnormalities that could suggest an underlying endocrine emergency. This article outlines the findings and provides a description of altered patients with endocrine emergencies to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department.
PMID: 24766938 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]