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Thyroid Storm (cont.)

Thyroid Storm Causes

Thyroid storm can be considered to be an extreme degree of hyperthyroidism and typically occurs in an individual with untreated hyperthyroidism. Precipitating factors, including trauma and stresses, have been identified, including:

  • Infections, especially of the lung
  • Thyroid surgery in patients with overactive thyroid gland
  • Stopping medications given for hyperthyroidism
  • Too high dose of thyroid hormone replacement
  • Treatment with radioactive iodine
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart attack or cardiac emergencies

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Thyroid storm, also referred to as thyrotoxic crisis, is an acute, life-threatening, hypermetabolic state induced by excessive release of thyroid hormones (THs) in individuals with thyrotoxicosis.

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