What is the role of mechanical ventilation in the treatment of myxedema coma (crisis)?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Mohsen S Eledrisi, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Maintenance of adequate airway is crucial, since most patients have depressed mental status along with respiratory failure. Mechanical ventilation is commonly required during the first 36-48 hours, but some patients require prolonged respiratory support for as long as 2-3 weeks.


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