Adrenal Insufficiency in Pediatric Critical Illness
The hormonal response to nonendocrine illness has a crucial importance in pediatric critical illness. Prompt recognition of hormonal deficiency or excess as a cause of critical illness leads to specify therapy for what often appears to be a nonspecific clinical syndrome. In recent years, we have become more aware of the physiological, possibly adaptive, alterations in endocrine function that occur in response to critical illness. The pediatric intensivist needs to interpret the hormonal studies properly and to treat the childhood endocrine disorders and the life-threatening complications that can occur in the course of a pediatric critical illness.
KeywordsCritical Illness Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Adrenal Insufficiency Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia ACTH Stimulation
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