Thyroid Crisis in a Patient With Burn Injury

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Thyroid crisis is an exacerbation of hyperthyroidism that results in severe systemic disturbances and could be fatal. Similarly, severe burn injury also has a hypermetabolic response as part of its presentation. When these two conditions are present concurrently, one must be cognizant that the patient requires urgent optimization of their hyperthyroid status before surgery, and continuous monitoring in an intensive care unit setting. We offer a systematic approach to managing these patients.

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