What is thyroid storm?

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What are the symptoms of a thyroid storm?

Symptoms of thyroid storm include:

  • Feeling extremely irritable or grumpy.
  • High systolic blood pressure, low diastolic blood pressure, and fast heartbeat.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • High fever.
  • Shock and delirium.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Yellow skin or eyes.
  • Symptoms of heart failure, such as breathing problems or feeling very tired.

Thyroid storm can lead to coma, heart failure, or death.

What causes a thyroid storm?

Thyroid storm is more likely to develop when a person has a serious health problem in addition to hyperthyroidism or in people who have untreated or undertreated Graves' disease. The problem usually happens after a stressful event or a serious illness, such as a major infection. It may also be triggered by surgery or by using iodine for a CT scan or in radioactive iodine therapy.

What is a thyroid storm?

Thyroid storm (thyroid crisis) is a potentially life-threatening condition for people who have hyperthyroidism. Thyroid storm happens when your thyroid gland suddenly releases large amounts of thyroid hormone in a short period of time. If you have thyroid storm, you will need emergency medical treatment.

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