Signs & Symptoms of a Thyroid Storm

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A thyroid storm is a rare, life-threatening complication of untreated or poorly treated hyperthyroidism in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone.

A thyroid storm is a rare, life-threatening complication of untreated or poorly treated hyperthyroidism.
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According to the Merck Manuals Online Library at merck.com, thyroid storm is more common in certain types of hyperthyroidism such as Graves’ disease and toxic multinodular goiter.

Thyroid storm is more common in those with Graves' disease and toxic multinodular goiter.
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Thyroid storm is caused by an overactive thyroid, but certain conditions may trigger thyroid storm such as trauma, infection, embolism, surgery, pre-eclampsia or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Surgery can trigger thyroid storm.
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Signs and symptoms of thyroid storm include agitation, confusion, diarrhea, fever, fast heartbeat, extreme restlessness, shaking, sweating, weakness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild yellowing of the eyes or skin. The top number in your blood pressure reading, also called the systolic blood pressure, may be high. This condition can also cause a coma, shock or heart failure.

You may have high systolic blood pressure if you're experiencing thyroid storm.
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A diagnosis of thyroid storm is based on a physical examination, presence of symptoms and blood tests to assess thyroid function.

A physical examination will help your doctor diagnose thyroid storm.
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Contact emergency medical services by calling 911 if you have symptoms of thyroid storm. According to merck.com, treatment of thyroid storm includes medications, IV fluids to correct dehydration, treatment of thyroid storm triggers and surgical procedures.

Contact emergency medical services by calling 911 if you suspect thyroid storm.
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