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Doctor insights on: Localized Myxedema

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Why is myxedema common in women?

Why is myxedema common in women?

Myxedema: Myxedema is not confined to women and there is limited evidence that it is more common in women. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be of myxedema coma?

How concerned should I be of  myxedema coma?

Myxedema coma: Myxedema coma typically occurs as a result of long-standing hypothyroidism, and follows a period of progressive symptoms. These symptoms may include weight gain, somnolence, and weakness amongst others. Abrupt discontinuation of thyroid hormone could also precipitate a myxedema coma. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like myxedema coma go away quickly?

Do symptoms like myxedema coma go away quickly?

Medical emergency: Myxedema coma is a medical emergency and needs to be treated in the hospital. The symptoms for myxedema is vey similar to adrenal insufficiency and often times, patient will need treatment for both while labs are done. With proper treatment, patient can gradually improve, if the symptoms go away quickly, then you did not have myxedema coma. ...Read more

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What will happen immediately prior to myxedema coma?

What will happen immediately prior to myxedema coma?

Myxedema coma: That is an unusual question. If you have any symptoms that are bad enough to ask that question go immediately to the Emergency Room. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the diseases myxedema and cretinism?

What is the difference between the diseases myxedema and cretinism?

Very different!: Myxedema is severe hypothyroidism in an adult and is completely reversible if caught. Cretinism is a child born with severe hypothyroidism. Small size and mental defects are not treatable. ...Read more

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Why does hypothyroidism cause myxedema?

Why does hypothyroidism cause myxedema?

Myxedema: If your thyroid gland is not working you will not make any thyroid hormones and will develop myxedema. That should never happen because as soon as that diagnosis is made you should be on thyroid hormone replacement. ...Read more

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What's the onset of myxedema coma? (do people collapse, become drowsy etc.)

? thyroid storm ?: Myxedema is a condition caused by severe alterations in fluid balance due to thyroid disorder. There can be swellings in various tissues including around the eyes and into the brain. There is a hyper state with agitation (myxedema madness), or deterioration of consciousness with stupor and coma. Usually there are early signs that the thyroid is out of control, but acute thyroid storm may occur. ...Read more

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Can stopping Armour Thyroid for six weeks induce myxedema?

Can stopping Armour Thyroid for six weeks induce myxedema?

Possibly: Depending on the cause of your hypothyroidism, stopping any thyroid supplementation (including armour) could cause severe hypothyroidism to the extent of myxedema coma. ...Read more

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What is Myxedema? If one got thyroid hormone test results as normal, could they still have Myxedema if symptoms are prominent?

What is Myxedema? If one got thyroid hormone test results as normal, could they still have Myxedema if symptoms are prominent?

No: Myxedema is due to low thyroid function. If your thyroid tests are normal you do not have myxedema. You need to discuss with your physician other options ...Read more