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Myxedema Coma In Children
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
? 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
How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.?
Low thyroid surgery: F of unknown age or medical Hx asks: How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.? ANS: low thyroid is evident by 4-6 weeks. It may take months to develop myxedema and its complications. ...Read more
Can you go into myxedema coma with normal free t4 and t3 but tsh in 3-4 range? or would your tsh be way higher?
Difficult question: It depends if the underlying reason that caused the coma is reversible or correctable. Even then it is difficult as it depends if there was too much insult to the brain or not. Recovery from coma is such a variable thing that it is difficult to answer without knowing about the specific situation. I wish i could be of more help on this, its just such a complicated thing. ...Read more
Resolution: Coma affects the base of the brain, brainstem, the same area responsible for concussion outcomes. As a disorder heals, and inflammation or swelling decreases, gradually the reticular activating system switches back on, and responses resume. However, on occasion this can be a lengthy restoration, maybe even months and very rarely yrs. ...Read more
Not sure: Interesting question. I am not sure they age faster but certainly variious symtems in the body do not work as well and are subject to deterioration from lack of use. This is particularly true for the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more
Coma: It depends on the cause. For examples, if a teenager drinks a full bottle of vodka for the first time, she/he could go into coma, but if treated properly recover completely. Head injury is another examples, but the recovery is generally longer and the patient may be in a confused state for many days before going back to normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coma: No one knows for certain. My patients could never tell me exactly. Just like sleeping does not always produce dreams that we remember, the coma may be similar. But unlike sleep.,coma is a disruption of the wake sleep cycle and represents damage to brain tissues. The body is not at rest necessarily during coma, as it is in sleep. ...Read more
Lethargy, drowsiness: There are stages of coma, measured on the glasgow coma scale. So symptoms will depend on the depth of the coma. However as one goes into a coma it may be sudden loss of consciousness due to acute head trauma, or a gradual slide as with a subdural bleed. The latter is more like a person getting progressively drunk, losing coordination or slowly falling asleep. ...Read more