OBJECTIVE: Euthyroid sick syndrome is a common finding in critically ill patients with nonthyroidal illness, characterized by low serum levels of free triiodothyronine (fT3) with a peculiar increase in reverse T3 (rT3) and normal-to-low free thyroxine (fT4) as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. This condition has been proposed as a prognostic factor of worse outcome in critically ill patients, while no conclusive data are available in burns. METHODS: Since thyroid function testing is contained in our baseline laboratory tests at admission, we retrospectively evaluated fT3, fT4 and TSH in 295 consecutive burn patients admitted to the Burn Center of Turin from January 2002 to December 2006, comparing hormone levels in survivors and non-survivors. RESULTS: fT3 and TSH levels were significantly lower (p

Low triiodothyronine serum levels as a predictor of poor prognosis in burn patients

BERCHIALLA, Paola;ORLANDI, Fabio;
2008

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OBJECTIVE: Euthyroid sick syndrome is a common finding in critically ill patients with nonthyroidal illness, characterized by low serum levels of free triiodothyronine (fT3) with a peculiar increase in reverse T3 (rT3) and normal-to-low free thyroxine (fT4) as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. This condition has been proposed as a prognostic factor of worse outcome in critically ill patients, while no conclusive data are available in burns. METHODS: Since thyroid function testing is contained in our baseline laboratory tests at admission, we retrospectively evaluated fT3, fT4 and TSH in 295 consecutive burn patients admitted to the Burn Center of Turin from January 2002 to December 2006, comparing hormone levels in survivors and non-survivors. RESULTS: fT3 and TSH levels were significantly lower (p
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Triiodothyronine; Euthyroid sick syndrome; Burns
GANGEMI EN; GARINO F; BERCHIALLA P; MARTINESE M; ARECCO F; ORLANDI F; STELLA M
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