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Thyroid Storm (Overview)

A life-threatening condition that is associated with untreated or undertreated hyperthyroidism. During a thyroid storm, an individual's heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature can soar to dangerously high levels.


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What is thyroid storm?

What is thyroid storm?

Thyroid storm: Hyperthyroidism of an extreme nature. Hyperthermia, cardiac instability, shock. Due to uncontrolled graves disease. ...Read more

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Thyroid Storm (Overview)

A life-threatening condition that is associated with untreated or undertreated hyperthyroidism. During a thyroid storm, an individual's heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature can soar to dangerously high levels.


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What's a thyroid storm?

What's a thyroid storm?

Too much hormone: Uncontrolled release of thyroid hormone may lead to thyroid storm. The thyroid is the major regulating hoprmone in the body. Too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) leads to increased pulse and bp, restlessness, nervousness, and weight loss. Thyroid storm is the extreme of this condition which can lead to cardiovascular collapse and even death. Full blown thyroid storm is relaticvely uncommon now. ...Read more

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What is a thyroid storm?

What is a thyroid storm?

Thyroid: Thyroid storm is a rare condition when the body cannot compensate for extremely high thyroid hormone levels. This condition is associated with high fever, diarrhea, dehydration and hypotension. When it occurs there is a 50% risk of death.T ...Read more

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Will propranolol mask the signs of thyroid storm? P

Will propranolol mask the signs of thyroid storm? P

Propranolol hyperthy: Propranolol is a beta blocker a number of symptoms in thyroid storm are due to dare ethic excess like increased heart rate those can be blocked by beta blockers hyper metabolic status is not corrected so your question is correct answer is it can be masked but neither corrected or blocked we do use Propranolol as one of the drugs to treat ot. ...Read more

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Can grapefruit seed extract cause thyroid storm?

No effect: No. There is not much evidence that grapefruit seed extract has any medicinal properties. Some contaminants in it from manufacturing may have some effects, but nothing involving the thyroid, and certainly not something as severe as thyroid storm. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between thyroid storm and thyrotoxicosis?

Is there a difference between thyroid storm and thyrotoxicosis?

Degree of severity: Thyrotoxicosis means thyroid hormone levels are high - due to hyperthyroidism, excess thyroid hormone intake, thyroiditis. Thyroid storm is a life threatening emergency due to very high thyroid hormone levels (almost always due to hyperthyroidism) which causes hyperthermia, rapid heart rate, confusion, liver dysfunction. ...Read more

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I'm scared that if I do not get treatment i will end up getting thyroid storm. Please can someone help me and tell me what I should do.

See endocrinologist: I assume that you have been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. You wrote down thyroiditis as a condition. If you have "subacute thyroiditis", this is a self limited inflammation of the thyroid that will eventually resolve. Although thyroid levels can temporarily be high and give you symptoms, it would be extremely unlikely to cause thyroid storm. You should followup with your doctor or endo. ...Read more

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What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

What's the difference between thyroid storm and hyperthyroid?

Former an emergency!: Both reflect a state of high thyroid hormone levels, however, the former is considered an emergency with life threatning systemic changes namely altered mental state, agitation and sometimes fever. It typically results from untreated hyperthyroidism and is usually brought on by a stress such as trauma or infection. ...Read more

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I have hashimoto's disease but have had an episode of thyroid storm. How can this happen?

I have hashimoto's disease but have had an episode of thyroid storm. How can this happen?

Hashimotos: This is unusual. There is a condition called hashitoxicosis that is associated with hyperthyroidism. You may actually have graves disease. The tsi antibodies will confirm this. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy while having undiagnosed severe Grave's disease. Was I at risk for a thyroid storm?

I had a colonoscopy while having undiagnosed severe Grave's disease.  Was I at risk for a thyroid storm?

After the fact: As long as you went through the colonoscopy without any trouble, you don't need to worry about all the "could-have-been" scenarios. There are always risks to procedures. Next time you need a colonoscopy, your Graves' disease will be well-treated, and the doctor will know your medical history and be prepared to treat any complications. So, no need to worry about things that didn't happen. ...Read more

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Hi, i just want ask, i got thyroid storm bfore, &my heart got enlarged a bit, but i'm now ok, just want ask if my heart is already fine?Coz smtimes i feel

Echocardiogram: You should undergo a simple, non-invasive test: an echocardiogram to have your question answered. Most likely you've already had one and now would be a good time to repeat it and compare it to see if you're all better. ...Read more

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Can you suffer from thyroid storm if you have an underactive thyroid?

Can you suffer from thyroid storm if you have an underactive thyroid?

No: Only if you severely overdose on your thyroid replacement pills can this happen but then you will be hyperthyroid and not hypothyroid anymore. ...Read more

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I am worried my sister has thyroid storm ? Could hyperthyroidism devolop into thyroid storm ?

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I am worried my sister has thyroid storm ? Could hyperthyroidism devolop into thyroid storm ?

Yes: Yes, if the hyperthyroidism is so severe and untreated it can develop into thyroid storm. Usually it is precipitated by something acute like infection, surgery, iodine use, parturition etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take after not taking medicine for hyperthyroidism for thyroid storm to occur?

How long does it take after not taking medicine for hyperthyroidism for thyroid storm to occur?

It depends: It may never happen, or happen in a day. Noncompliance will ruin your health — hyperthyroidism is awful even before the storm, not the least because people will take it for mental illness. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high in iodine), could this induce a thyroid storm or a state that requires critical care?

What to do if I have high in iodine), could this induce a thyroid storm or a state that requires critical care?

Probably not: It is unlikely that this will affect your thyroid function. Iodine is used by your thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. In some circumstances, people have overly active thyroid glands. The amount of hormone they produce will be limited when they use up their iodine. If they suddenly get a lot of iodine, their gland will have a fresh supply and may suddently produce a lot of hormone. ...Read more

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What can cause a pulse of 105 while resting? Blood pressure also fluctuating between normal and the lower side of high. Is this a thyroid storm?

What can cause a pulse of 105 while resting?  Blood pressure also fluctuating between normal and the lower side of high.  Is this a thyroid storm?

No, it's NOT: Thyroid storm, that is a completely different disorder which you can not have because you don't have hyperthyroidism. Make sure your thyroid level is normal with brand name T4 replacement, and if so, your thyroid has nothing to do with your problems. Check w/your doctor. Your problems are much most likely due to your weight excess and poor diabetes control. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more