Thyroid storm is a rare medical condition. Basically it refers to extreme hyperthyroidism.
It was first described in 1926. Unfortunately, it still remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for most doctors. It carries a high mortality of about 10%.
Symptoms of Thyroid Storm
Symptoms include high grade fever, markedly increased sweating, high blood pressure, chest pain, congestive heart failure, palpitations, weakness, disorientation, irritability, confusion and psychosis.
- Radioactive iodine given as a treatment for overactive thyroid
- Untreated hyperthyroidism for a long time
- Stress, including trauma and infections such as pneumonia
- Heart attack
- Thyroid Surgery for overactive thyroid
- Sudden stopping of anti-thyroid drugs
- Too much thyroid hormone for thyroid hormone replacement
NOTE: It is a medical emergency and should be treated by an experienced endocrinologist.