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Cristiane Gomes-Lima, MD, and Kenneth D. Burman, MD; November 2017
Two cases in which thyroid function tests were ordered appropriately but not acted upon in a timely fashion illustrate the challenges of thyroid emergencies. The patient in Case #1 had a history of hyperthyroidism and noted not taking his medications for months, yet no one addressed his abnormal thyroid function tests until hospital day 3. He had thyroid storm. In Case #2, providers neglected to follow up on the patient's abnormal thyroid function tests, even though she was taking a medication with a known risk of thyroid toxicity. She had myxedema coma.
Cameron M. St. John's, NL: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; 2009. ISBN: 978551463537.
This government report investigated certain laboratory tests conducted from 1997 to 2005 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The investigation revealed test result errors and failure to notify patients, as well as a lack of oversight. The report makes numerous recommendations with respect to ethics, standards of care, and disclosure of medical errors and adverse events. (Click on the volume titles on the cover page to view the full report.)
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Zilka LJ, Lott JA, Baker LC, Linard SM. J Clin Lab Anal. 2008;22:254-256.
Inconsistent and possibly erroneous results of thyroid tests for newborns occurred in 18 patients among 600,000 tested in this study. The authors recommend follow-up studies to determine the reproducibility of these results.