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September 1989

Hypothyroidism and Ventilator Dependency

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Barlow Hospital and Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles. Dr Pandya is now with the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(9):2115-2116. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390090139029

• Four patients with long-term ventilator dependency and severe hypothyroidism discovered in a single year are described. Correction of hypothyroidism was helpful in weaning three patients from the ventilator. The fourth patient died of other medical problems. None of these patients had goiter or clinical evidence of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism was discovered during workup for neurologic or cardiologic problems. Although hypothyroidism is not a common cause of ventilator dependency, it might be more common than we think.

(Arch Intern Med. 1989;149:2115-2116)

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