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


• 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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