A 70 year old woman is brought into hospital by her son for severe weakness. The son reports that she has had a poor appetite for the past few weeks, has been losing weight, and has been complaining of abdominal pain, nausea, and “pain in her bones”. It was not until yesterday that she became increasingly weak and lethargic.
- What clinical syndrome is this patient exhibiting?
- What are the two most common causes of the syndrome in patients?
- What is your immediate treatment of this patient? Intermediate treatment?