A patient is being admitted to the hospital with complaints of heat intolerance, diarrhea, weight loss, and palpitations. The nurse knows that these symptoms are due to an elevated secretion of

triiodothyronine and thyroxine


• These are symptoms of hyperthyroidism, a result of elevated triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).

• Somatotropin is another name for growth hormone. This stimulates cell reproduction and growth.

• Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a stress hormone that increases the production of corticosteroids.

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