thyroid storm


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an outburst; a temporary and sudden increase in symptoms.
thyroid storm (thyrotoxic storm) thyroid crisis.

thy·ro·tox·ic cri·sis

, thyroid crisis
the exacerbation of symptoms of hyperthyroidism; severe thyrotoxicosis; can follow shock or injury or thyroidectomy; marked by rapid pulse (140-170/minute), nausea, diarrhea, fever, loss of weight, extreme nervousness, and a sudden rise in the metabolic rate; coma and death may occur; occasionally the entire clinical picture is that of profound prostration, weakness, and collapse, without the phase of muscular overactivity and tachycardia.
Synonym(s): thyroid storm

thyroid storm

a crisis of uncontrolled thyrotoxicosis caused by the release into the bloodstream of increased amounts of thyroid hormone. Thyroid storm may occur spontaneously or be precipitated by infection, stress, or a thyroidectomy performed on a patient who is inadequately prepared with antithyroid drugs. Characteristic signs are fever that may reach 106° F, a rapid pulse, acute respiratory distress, apprehension, restlessness, irritability, and prostration. The patient may become delirious, lapse into a coma, and die of heart failure. Also called thyroid crisis.

thy·ro·tox·ic cri·sis

, thyroid crisis (thī'rō-tok'sik krī'sis, thī'royd)
The exacerbation of symptoms that occurs in severe thyrotoxicosis; marked by rapid pulse, nausea, diarrhea, fever, loss of weight, and extreme restlessness; coma and death may occur.
Synonym(s): thyroid storm.
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