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Myxedema Coma (cont.)

Exams and Tests

  • Blood tests are performed to check blood cell count, electrolytes, sugar, and thyroid hormone levels. Tests are also performed to evaluate how the liver and adrenal glands are functioning.
  • Blood gases are evaluated to check for oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
  • An ECG of the heart is performed to check for disturbances in the activity of the heart.
  • Additional tests are performed at the discretion of the treating doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
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