Tijdschrift voor geneeskunde vol:59 issue:13 pages:873-878
Myxedema coma: case report and review of literature
Myxedema coma is caused by a marked and prolonged depletion of thyroid hormones. The cardinal features of myxedema coma are: defective thermoregulation to the point of hypothermia, altered mental status to the point of coma, and identifiable precipitating events.
This condition is a medical emergency, since it is fatal in approximately 50% of the cases. Initiation of treatment should not be delayed until results of the thyroid function studies are available.