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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Thyroid storm
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Potentially life-threatening emergency

Thyroid storm

Contributors: Casey Silver MD, Abhijeet Waghray MD
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Synopsis

Thyroid storm is a rare, life-threatening disorder of the thyroid characterized by sudden-onset thyrotoxicosis. It is often caused by an acute event such as thyroid surgery, trauma, infection, or iodine load. It may also be caused by oversecretion of thyroid hormone or sudden reduction in thyroid-suppression medication.

Common signs and symptoms include high fever, tachycardia, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, altered mental status, agitation, tremor, diarrhea, confusion, and sweating.

Management consists of reducing fever, reducing thyroid-hormone release, and identifying and limiting causal factors.

Codes

ICD10CM:
E05.91 – Thyrotoxicosis, unspecified with thyrotoxic crisis or storm

SNOMEDCT:
29028009 – Thyrotoxic crisis

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Last Reviewed:07/01/2019
Last Updated:07/02/2019
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Potentially life-threatening emergency
Thyroid storm
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A medical illustration showing key findings of Thyroid storm : Altered mental state, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Tachycardia, Goiter, Tremor, BP increased, Bibasilar crackles, Hyperpyrexia
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