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.
May threaten life. Myxedema coma is a life-threatening condition in which a patient has long-standing (usually unrecognized) hypothyroidism that is exacerbated by an acute illness (infection, drugs, other stresses to body), leading to multi-organ failure. The patient may need treatment for heart failure, hypothermia, breathing problems, dehydration, low glucose, low adrenal function among others.

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How concerned should I be of myxedema coma?

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. Read more...
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...

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...

What is the definition or description of: myxedema coma?

Coma. This is a state of unconsciousness, unresponsive to your environment or stimulation is the normal way. Myxedema refers to a thyroid deficiency which can cause neurologic damage, and in extreme cases, coma. Read more...

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...

If hypothyroidism is untreated, can myxedema coma occur?

Read about it. Myxedema coma is a relatively uncommon condition but it certainly can occur in persons with hypothyroidism. You can read about it by going to this link. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1201/p2485.html. 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?

Unusual. It would be distinctly unusual to have true myxedema coma with these numbers. However, it is the clinical scenario that is relevant in myxedema coma, with the appropriate history and stressors in the appropriate age group. Read more...