Thyrotoxic crisis from amiodarone
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Subtotal thyroid gland resection as therapy for thyrotoxic crises - [Article in German]
Frilling A, Goretzki PE, Horster FA Grussendorf M, Röher HD.; Abteilung für Allgemeine und Unfallchirurgie, Universität Düsseldorf.
Thyrotoxic crises occurred in six patients (four women aged 51, 63, 72 and 76 years; two men aged 52 and 63 years). In four patients the crisis was triggered by a contrast medium containing iodine, and in one by amiodarone. The cause of the crisis in the 51-year-old woman remained uncertain. After a latent period of up to two months, T3 and T4 concentrations rose in all the patients, and abnormal findings such as tachycardia, increased blood pressure, dehydration, tremor, restlessness, hallucinations and coma ensued. Because of ineffective conservative treatment, five patients underwent subtotal thyroidectomy. In all five the symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism were promptly relieved, and the postoperative course was uneventful. The 76-year-old woman was considered unfit for surgery because of her cardiac condition, and she died of left ventricular failure resistant to therapy