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How concerned should I be of myxedema coma?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Very concerned

With modern screening for hypothyroidism this isn't seen as commonly, but it is a life threatening condition that needs to be treated in a hospital.
Frequently patients require intensive care and there can be deaths even when it is treated appropriately. It usually takes a long time to develop and regular health screenings should prevent it from ever getting to this stage.

In brief: Very concerned

With modern screening for hypothyroidism this isn't seen as commonly, but it is a life threatening condition that needs to be treated in a hospital.
Frequently patients require intensive care and there can be deaths even when it is treated appropriately. It usually takes a long time to develop and regular health screenings should prevent it from ever getting to this stage.
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