Endocrine emergencies

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Abstract

Endocrine emergencies are rare in general practice but it is important that GPs know the key aspects of diagnosis and management which may be life saving. Diabetic emergencies are the most common and can present acutely and unexpectedly. Disorders of the hypothalamic pituitary axis are much less frequent so can be harder to diagnose. It is vital for a GP to recognize the key signs of endocrine disorders, initiate appropriate management and arrange timely referral.

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