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Endocrine, obstetric, and drug overdose emergencies 

Endocrine, obstetric, and drug overdose emergencies
Endocrine, obstetric, and drug overdose emergencies

Sheila Adam

, Sue Osborne

, and John Welch

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date: 10 May 2021

This chapter discusses specific endocrine, obstetric, and drug overdose emergencies that necessitate admission to the critical care unit. First, the underlying physiology and management of endocrine disorders such as phaeocromocytoma, Addisonian crisis, diabetic emergencies (such as diabetic ketoacidosis), thyroid disorders, and calcium abnormalities are discussed. Secondly, the physiology and management of pregnancy-related problems are discussed including hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (such as pre-eclampsia), acute fatty liver of pregnancy, peri-partum cardiomyopathy, massive obstetric haemorrhage and amniotic fluid embolism. Finally, the management of drug overdose and toxic substance ingestion from the intial assessment and immediate resuscitation to specific antidotes and supportive therapies is described.

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