Endocrine Emergencies - Case Discussions
Most endocrinopathies are chronic diseases but can present acutely to the emergency practice. Derangements in fluid balance, electrolytes, acid/base disturbances, and energy homeostasis secondary to endocrinopathies can range from the mild to the severely life-threatening. In this webinar we will talk about a few of the more common endocrine diseases and their emergency presentations: Hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes mellitus. For each condition we will consider the most important aspects of the emergency period and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to manage these complex cases. Questions for discussion include: When should a diabetic with ketosis be managed as an outpatient? What drugs should we give a suspect Addisonian crisis? How can we recognise hypertension and when should we manage it? How should I dose insulin/how much insulin can I give? What insulin formulation can I use in the emergency setting? What should I do if my practice doesn’t have access to an in-house blood-gas analyser? Should I refer or manage the patient in-house?
Recording from 18 August 2021
Dr Aaron Herndon DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVIM (SAIM)
Aaron is originally from the USA where he completed his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1998. After spending a few years in the US Army Veterinary Corps, Aaron spent the next 10 years in small animal private practice in Connecticut and Texas. During this time, he practiced emergency-exclusive, general, and exotic animal practice. Aaron always wanted to focus on teaching and clinical research, so in 2010 he returned to academia to pursue a combined PhD and Small Animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The focus of his graduate research was in feline diabetes and novel treatments for the disease. He joined the faculty at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in 2015 where he is a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Aaron’s clinical research focus is in the field of endocrinology.