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Revista Cubana de Endocrinología

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LEAL CURI, Lisette. Thyroid storm. Rev Cubana Endocrinol [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.3, pp.264-272. ISSN 1561-2953.

The thyroid storm is one of the most critical situations in the endocrine emergencies and exhibits a significant mortality rate. The most common etiology of thyrotoxicosis is Graves' disease and the predominant precipitating factor is infection. The clinical characteristics are dysfunction of several systems (heat-regulator, central nervous, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular), and levels of total or free thyroid hormones that exceed the normal values. The treatment must be multidisciplinary and include support measures in intensive care units, normalization of body temperature, reduction of the production and the release of thyroid hormones by using synthesis and iodine anti-thyroid products respectively, blockade of the peripheral effects through administration of Beta-blockers and correction of the unleashing factor. Once the patients are stabilized, it is necessary to plan the final therapy that will prevent the future recurrence of the thyrotoxic crisis.

Palabras clave : thyrotoxic crisis; thyrotoxicosis; hyperthyroidism; endocrine urgency.

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