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Endocrinology in the critically injured patient 

Endocrinology in the critically injured patient
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Endocrinology in the critically injured patient
Author(s):

Nimitt Patel

and Jason Sperry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199777709.003.0017
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date: 10 April 2020

Although significant advances in the care of the injured patient have occurredover the last decade, those who survive their initial injury continue to be plaguedwith the development of multiple organ failure, sepsis, and their attributablemorbid effects. In these critically injured patients there are many stressors inaddition to their injuries, such as infectious complications, various therapeuticinterventions, and operative procedures. An injured patient–s ability to cope with these factors comprisesa complex multi-factorial response in which the endocrine system–s involvement, integrity, and flexibility are integral components for survival. The neuroendocrineresponse is a key factor in maintaining homeostasis and enablingthe injured patient to recover.

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