What Is Thyroid Storm?

Q:

What is thyroid storm?

A:

Thyroid storm is a disease that associated with untreated or undertreated hyperthyroidism. It is a life-threatening health condition. With this disease, your heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature can soar to dangerously high levels. If not treated properly and promptly, it can develop to a fatal stage.

Thyroid storm is a rare condition, for most patients with hyperthyroidism receive treatments. Only a few patients taking no appropriate treatment for hyperthyroidism develop thyroid storm. The disease is characterized by the extreme overproduction of the two hormones (T3 and T4) produced by the thyroid gland.

Causes of thyroid storm

Severe undertreated hyperthyroidism

Infection associated with hyperthyroidism

Untreated overactive thyroid gland

Symptoms of thyroid storm

Irritability

Shock and delirium

High fever

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

High systolic blood pressure, low diastolic blood pressure, and fast heartbeat

Yellow skin or eyes

Feeling confused

Feeling sleepy

Breathing problems

Heart failure

 

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