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Myxedema Coma

Next Steps

Following the start of treatment, careful monitoring, usually in the intensive care unit, is necessary.

Follow-up

Follow-up with the doctor after discharge is important to monitor the thyroid condition and decide on the right thyroid hormone dose to be taken.

Prevention

Myxedema coma can be prevented with early treatment of hypothyroidism, taking thyroid medication regularly, and recognition of the warning symptoms of myxedema coma.

Outlook

  •  Myxedema coma is a very serious condition that can result in death.
  • Early and aggressive treatment can improve the outcome.

For More Information Web Links

American Thyroid Association  

Thyroid Foundation of America

American Foundation of Thyroid Patients

Synonyms and Keywords

myxedema coma, hypothyroidism, under-active thyroid, underactive thyroid, thyroid gland, thyroid hormone, thyroid emergency, low thyroid hormone
 

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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on May 06, 2014

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