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Malte Milkau, Friedhelm Sayk
Thyroid storm and myxedema coma are the most severe clinical forms of thyroid dysfunction. While both hyper- and hypothyroidsm are common diseases, thyroid storm and myxedema coma are rare. Due to their unspecific signs and symptoms they are often difficult to diagnose. Both disorders are medical emergencies, which still show a significant mortality. The following article summarizes diagnostic tools and treatment options for these disorders.
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Atif Munir
Myxedema may be the first presentation of patients with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Definitive management is with thyroid hormone but supportive measures, identification and treatment of precipitating factors in an appropriately safe environment are vital. There is no consensus about preferred thyroid hormone regimen. Corticosteroid therapy is given until adrenal insufficiency has been excluded. We present here a case of seventy-four years old woman of myxodema coma.
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Ramsis F Ghaly, Armen Haroutunian, Kenneth D Candido, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic
Background: Altered mental status describes impaired mental functioning ranging from confusion to coma and indicates an illness, either metabolic or structural in nature. Metabolic causes include hypothyroidism, hyperuremia, hypo/hyperglycemia, hypo/hypernatremia, and encephalopathy. The structural causes include tumors, brain hemorrhage, infection, and stroke. To our knowledge, this is the first case in which a patient presented with altered mental status from both metabolic (myxedema coma) and structural diseases (frontal meningioma) with vasogenic edema and midline shift...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Aldo Ferreira-Hermosillo, Ruben Casados-V, Pedro Paúl-Gaytán, Victoria Mendoza-Zubieta
BACKGROUND: Exophthalmos, myxedema, and osteoarthropathy syndrome is a very rare condition that is associated with Graves' disease. The presence of dermopathy and the involvement of joint/bone tissues indicate that it seems to be related with the severity of the autoimmune process. Owing to its low incidence, there is a lack of information regarding its treatment and clinical follow-up. Some cases improved after use of high doses of steroids; however, some patients do not respond to this treatment...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Jan K Adamski, Björn B Jäschke, Raija S Uusitalo-Seppälä, Kalle V J Moilanen, Antti V Pehkonen, Wojciech Weigl
Development of the extreme form of hypothyroidism defined as myxedema is very rare. Acute symptoms and their management have been described in detail previously. However, not much attention has been devoted to therapeutic challenges that are faced in the recovery phase of the treatment, especially pertaining to the gastrointestinal system. The link between myxedema and the appearance of severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has not been established so far. A 61-year-old woman with no significant medical record was admitted to hospital because of infected heel pressure and thyroid dysfunction...
September 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
W Al-Arashi, E C T Geijteman, D H Schweitzer
A 47-years-old man presented with the complaint that he could not open his eyes in the morning. Facial myxedema caused by hypothyroidism was evident. Pictures taken after treatment for six months with levothyroxine showed complete recovery. Myxedema is caused by accumulation of glycosaminoglycans in the dermis.
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Priyanka Sethi, Manoj Kamal, Shilpi Verma, Pradeep Bhatia
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January 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Yang Xu, Renyan Ma, Yun Cai, Xuqin Zheng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 9, 2018: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Michael Lause, Alisha Kamboj, Esteban Fernandez Faith
The skin serves as a window for clinicians to understand, diagnose, and monitor endocrine disease. Dermatologic manifestations of endocrinopathies contribute significantly to an individual's health and quality of life. In this review, we outline various disorders of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal gland, and androgen axis as well as hereditary endocrine syndromes. In acromegaly, glycosaminoglycan deposition contributes to a thickening of skin and soft tissue, which manifests as coarsening and enlargement of facial and acral structures...
October 2017: Translational Pediatrics
Divya Salhan, Deepak Sapkota, Prakash Verma, Saroj Kandel, Omar Abdulfattah, Antony Lixon, Deribe Zwenge, Frances Schmidt
Myxedema coma is a decompensated hypothyroidism which occurs due to long-standing, undiagnosed, or untreated hypothyroidism. Untreated hypothyroidism is known to affect almost all organs including the heart. It is associated with a decrease in cardiac output, stroke volume due to decreased myocardial contractility, and an increase in systemic vascular resistance. It can cause cardiac arrhythmias and the most commonly seen conduction abnormalities are sinus bradycardia, heart block, ventricular tachycardia, and torsade de pointes...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Kazuhiro Horiuchi, Azusa Nagai, Masahiro Wakita, Shotaro Ito, Kei Takamura, Hideki Houzen
We herein report the case of myasthenic crisis occurring in a 51-year-old man. He had experienced ptosis, increased body weight with edema, and fatigue with dyspnea. He presented at our emergency department with disturbed consciousness. He was originally diagnosed with myxedema coma, and he required artificial respiration. Because his weakness persisted and he was positive for anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies and anti-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase antibodies, we diagnosed myasthenic crisis after various examinations...
November 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
Suranut Charoensri, Chutintorn Sriphrapradang, Hataikarn Nimitphong
High-dose intravenous thyroxine (T4) is the preferable treatment for myxedema coma. We describe the clinical course of a 69-year-old man who presented with myxedema coma and received oral levothyroxine (LT4) therapy (1 mg) in a split dose. This suggests split high-dose oral LT4 as a therapeutic option in myxedema coma.
October 2017: Clinical Case Reports
Arash Ordookhani, Kenneth D Burman
CONTEXT: There are contradictory results on the effect of hypothyroidism on the changes in hemostasis. Inadequate population-based studies limited their clinical implications, mainly on the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). This paper reviews the studies on laboratory and population-based findings regarding hemostatic changes and risk of VTE in hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid disorders. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A comprehensive literature search was conducted employing MEDLINE database...
April 2017: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
C Spitzweg, M Reincke, R Gärtner
Thyroid emergencies are rare life-threatening endocrine conditions resulting from either decompensated thyrotoxicosis (thyroid storm) or severe thyroid hormone deficiency (myxedema coma). Both conditions develop out of a long-standing undiagnosed or untreated hyper- or hypothyroidism, respectively, precipitated by an acute stress-associated event, such as infection, trauma, or surgery. Cardinal features of thyroid storm are myasthenia, cardiovascular symptoms, in particular tachycardia, as well as hyperthermia and central nervous system dysfunction...
October 2017: Der Internist
Ziwei Ren, Min He, Fang Deng, Yan Chen, Liyin Chai, Bing Chen, Wuquan Deng
OBJECTIVE: Local immune regulation therapy has been one of the therapeutic methods used for the treatment of autoimmune thyroid disease in patients with pretibial myxedema (PTM). However, the poor response rate and high recurrence rate are still major problems. Whether a premixed corticosteroid, compound betamethasone, could enhance remission rate and decrease recurrence rate in patients with PTM was investigated in the present study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We have performed a clinical utility observation of compound betamethasone with intralesional injections based on basic thyroid disease treatment in 32 PTM patients between January 2008 and August 2016...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Leonardo F L Rizzo, Daniela L Mana, Oscar D Bruno, Leonard Wartofsky
Hypothyroidism is a frequently diagnosed and simply treated disease. If not recognised, however, in time it may develop into the most severe manifestation of hypothyroidism known as myxedema coma. The term "myxedema coma" is generally seen as misleading since most patients do not initially present in a coma. The typical progression is lethargy evolving into stupor and, eventually, into coma with respiratory failure and hypothermia. It mainly affects elderly women, often occurring in winter and is relatively rare...
2017: Medicina
Ghan Shyam Pangtey, Udismita Baruah, Manash P Baruah, Sahil Bhagat
Thyroid emergencies are major life-threatening endocrine conditions associated with life-threatening disorders resulting from either severe deficiency or excess of thyroid hormones. Deficiency of thyroid hormones may present as myxedema coma whereas excessive hormone production can present as life threatening thyrotoxic storm. The diagnosis of both requires a high index of clinical suspicion. Thyroid storm, in spite of accurate diagnosis, continues to have high fatality, whereas myxedema management has markedly improved with advancement in intensive care facility...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
James C Melville, Kelsey D Menegotto, Timothy C Woernley, Blake D Maida, Ibrahim Alava
Macroglossia is classified as true macroglossia, which exhibits abnormal histology with clinical findings, and relative macroglossia, in which normal histology does not correlate with pathologic enlargement. This report describes an atypical case of morbidity with massive macroglossia secondary to myxedema; the macroglossia enlarged over a 3-month period before being presented to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX). Substantial enlargement of the tongue (16 cm long × 10 cm wide) was first attributed to angioedema, which was refractory to the discontinuation of lisinopril and a C1 esterase inhibitor...
January 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jean-Louis Wémeau, Christine Do Cao, Miriam Ladsous
Oral disorders were observed in children with congenital hypothyroidism, lately apparent because of difficulties of feeding, swallowing disorders, and macroglossia. Macroglossia was also a component of the severe acquired myxedema, particularly observed in hypothyroidism related to autoimmune atrophic thyroiditis beyond menopause. Lingual ectopy in children and adults could determine respiratory gene or swallowing difficulties, and were detectable by visual examination and the endobuccal touch. Expression of these events was completely minimized since the neonatal screening of congenital hypothyroidism, also by the common practice in adults of serum TSH determinations...
September 2017: La Presse Médicale
Monia E Werlang, Mario R Pimentel, Jose L Diaz-Gomez
A large pleural effusion causing cardiac tamponade physiology and severe hemodynamic compromise is an uncommon event. We report a case of a 53-year-old woman with severe hypothyroidism presenting with myxedema coma and refractory shock. Her hemodynamic status failed to respond to fluid resuscitation and vasopressors. A transthoracic echocardiogram and chest radiograph demonstrated a pericardial fluid accumulation associated with a large left-sided pleural effusion. Thoracostomy tube insertion resulted in prompt improvement of the patient's hemodynamic status...
July 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
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