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Thyroid Storm (cont.)

Thyroid Storm Follow-up

  • Following the start of treatment, careful monitoring is necessary, usually in the intensive care unit.
  • Following recovery from thyroid storm, options for definitive treatment include radioactive iodine or antithyroid medications. Surgery to remove the thyroid gland is rarely needed.
  • Follow-up with the doctor after discharge is important to monitor the thyroid condition and formulate a plan for curative treatment.

Thyroid Storm Prevention

Thyroid storm can be prevented with early treatment of hyperthyroidism and recognition of the warning symptoms of thyroid storm.

Thyroid Storm Prognosis

  • Thyroid storm is a very serious condition that can result in death.
  • Early and aggressive treatment can improve the outcome

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Thyroid Storm


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2016
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