Myxoedema Coma Masquerading as Acute Stroke

  • Christopher Butter St Peter's Hospital, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, UK
  • Nazia Rashid St Peter's Hospital, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, UK
  • Rumaisa Banatwalla St Peter's Hospital, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, UK
  • Thomas FitzGerald St Peter's Hospital, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Keywords

Myxoedema coma, thyroid emergencies, hypothyroidism

Abstract

This report describes the management of a patient with myxoedema coma masquerading as an acute stroke (with or without ‘cold sepsis’). Myxoedema coma is an endocrine emergency occurring when physiological adaptations to untreated hypothyroidism are overwhelmed by an acute precipitant. Even promptly treated, it has an associated mortality of up to 50%.

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  • Published: 2020-04-22

    Issue: Vol 7 No 7 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Butter, C., Rashid, N., Banatwalla, R., & FitzGerald, T. (2020). Myxoedema Coma Masquerading as Acute Stroke. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 7(7). https://doi.org/10.12890/2020_001563

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