Thyroid storm presenting as intra-abdominal sepsis with multi-organ failure requiring intensive care

M. Karanikolas, D. Velissaris, V. Karamouzos, K. S. Filos

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Abstract

Thyroid storm is a rare but life-threatening condition manifesting with several clinical presentations. Atypical thyroid storm should be part of the differential diagnosis in patients with multiple organ dysfunction of unknown aetiology. In this case report, delayed recognition of thyroid storm in a young female who presented with acute abdomen increased the risk of poor outcome. Prompt initiation of anti-thyroid therapy once the diagnosis of thyroid storm was established, combined with adequate vital organ support using a goal-directed therapy protocol in the intensive care unit resulted in a good outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1007
Number of pages3
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Goal-directed therapy
  • ICU management
  • Multiple organ failure
  • SOFA score
  • Thyroid storm

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