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Thyroid Storm (cont.)

Thyroid Storm Treatment

People experiencing thyroid storm are not able to function normally. Thyroid storm is always a medical emergency. People experiencing symptoms of thyroid storm should be taken to the closest hospital, because thyroid storm is a life-threatening condition.

Thyroid Storm Medical Treatment

Treatment of thyroid storm consists of life support measures to support vital organ function along with attempts to reduce thyroid hormone release. A complete evaluation to determine the cause of thyroid storm will also be carried out along with treatment of underlying or precipitating diseases or conditions. Treatment and supportive measures can include:

  • A complete evaluation to determine the cause of thyroid storm
  • Intravenous fluids and electrolytes
  • Oxygen if needed
  • Fever control with antipyretics (fever-reducing medications) and if needed cooling blankets
  • Intravenous corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone
  • Medications to block the production of thyroid hormones, such as propylthiouracil (PTU) or methimazole (Northyx, Tapazole)
  • Iodide to block thyroid hormone release
  • Drugs called beta-blockers, such as propranolol (Inderal) to block the action of thyroid hormones on the body
  • Treatment of heart failure if present
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2016

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