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GIUSTI, Cecília F.; AMORIM, Soraya R.; GUERRA, Ricardo A.  and  PORTES, Evandro S.. Endocrine disturbances related to the use of lithium. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab [online]. 2012, vol.56, n.3, pp.153-158. ISSN 1677-9487.

Despite recent advances in pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders, lithium salts remain frequently used, as they are effective and inexpensive alternatives, especially in the treatment of bipolar disorders. Their use is commonly associated with various endocrine disorders, mainly in thyroid and parathyroid function, and in mineral metabolism. This article aims at reviewing these potential endocrinopathies related to the use of lithium to make health care professionals aware and familiar with these possible complications when they follow up patients using this drug, and to make them able to monitor, identify and institute early and appropriate treatment.

Keywords : Lithium; hypercalcemia; diabetes insipidus; goiter.

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