Thyroid Emergencies

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Abstract

Myxedema coma and thyroid storm are thyroid emergencies associated with increased mortality. Prompt recognition of these states—which represent the severe, life-threatening conditions of extremely reduced or elevated circulating thyroid hormone concentrations, respectively—is necessary to initiate treatment. Management of myxedema coma and thyroid storm requires both medical and supportive therapies and should be treated in an intensive care unit setting.

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