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Diseases reference index «Thyroid storm»

Thyroid storm is a life-threatening condition that develops in cases of untreated thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism).

Causes

Thyroid storm results from untreated hyperthyroidism. It is usually brought on by a stress such as trauma or infection.

Symptoms

Symptoms are severe and may include:

  • Agitation
  • Change in alertness (consciousness)
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Pounding heart (tachycardia)
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Sweating

Exams and Tests

  • The top number in a blood pressure reading may be high
  • Increased heart rate

Blood tests are done to evaluate thyroid function.

Possible Complications

Congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema can develop rapidly and lead to death.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

This is an emergency condition. Call 911 or another emergency number if you have hyperthyroidism and experience symptoms of thyroid storm.

Alternative Names

Thyrotoxic storm; Hyperthyroid storm; Accelerated hyperthyroidism