Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Hypothyroidism?

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD

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August 24, 2015

Myxedema coma is a severe form of hypothyroidism that results in an altered mental status, hypothermia, bradycardia, hypercarbia, and hyponatremia. Cardiomegaly, pericardial effusion, cardiogenic shock, and ascites may be present. Myxedema coma most commonly occurs in individuals with undiagnosed or untreated hypothyroidism who are subjected to an external stress, such as low temperature, infection, myocardial infarction, stroke, or medical intervention (eg, surgery or hypnotic drugs).

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