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.