Which lab tests are performed when an endocrine emergency is the suspected cause of delirium, dementia, and amnesia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Richard D Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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In a suspected endocrine emergency, the following are required:

  • A bedside fingerstick blood glucose determination followed by serum glucose and serum acetone

  • Thyroid-stimulation hormone (TSH), possibly thyroid panel

  • Serum cortisol

  • Serum calcium, phosphorus, and parathyroid levels


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