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Tipping the scales: Understanding thyroid imbalances

Crawford, Ann PhD, RN; Harris, Helene MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000418818.21604.22

Thyroid hormones affect overall metabolism and electrolyte balance. Alterations in thyroid hormone function can cause widespread and potentially life-threatening effects. Review hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and what you need to know about each condition.

Ann Crawford is a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Tex. Helene Harris is a clinical educator at Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple, Tex.

Find out how to recognize and respond to potentially life-threatening metabolic imbalances.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.