Flashcards in Endocrine And Metabolic Dissorders Deck (36)
What is hypothyroidism?
Decreased production of thyroxine (T4) as a result of atrophy or lymphocytic infiltration of the thyroid gland. Resulting in a decreased metabolic rate
What are the clinical signs of hypothyroidism?
Lethargy, exercise intolerance
Dermatological abnormalities: Alopecia seborrhoea, hyper pigmentation, pyoderma
What are the diagnostics for hypothyroidism?
Blood tests: haematology and biochemistry
Total T4, free T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) assay treatment trial
What is the treatment for hypothyroidism?
Supplement thyroxine (levothyroxine)
What are the nursing care requirements for a hypothyroid patient?
Monitor vital and clinical signs
Assist veterinary surgeon with diagnostics tests
Feed a suitable diet
Provide water freely
Clean and groom patient
Administer meds on VS prescriptions