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Myxedema Coma (cont.)

Medical Treatment

  • Intravenous fluids
  • Electrolytes replacement as necessary
  • Thyroid hormones are usually administered through a vein (intravenously or IV) to quickly correct the low thyroid hormone blood level. (Oral thyroid hormone is usually not used for severe myxedema because it may take days or weeks to obtain the proper blood level.)
  • Cortisol or other adrenal cortical hormone intravenously
  • Warming blanket if body temperature is low
  • Glucose supplements if the blood sugar level is low
  • Antibiotics if an infection is present
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
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