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Myxedema Coma (cont.)

Myxedema Coma Causes

If you have hypothyroidism, then any of the following can contribute to myxedema coma:

  • Infections, especially lung and urine infections

  • Heart failure

  • Stroke

  • Trauma

  • Surgery

  • Drugs, such as phenothiazines, amiodarone, lithium, and tranquilizers, and prolonged iodide use

  • Not taking prescribed thyroid medications

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