Which clinical history findings are characteristic of thyroid storm?

Updated: Feb 18, 2018
  • Author: Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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Patients may have a known history of thyrotoxicosis. In the absence of previously diagnosed thyrotoxicosis, the history may include symptoms such as irritability, agitation, emotional lability, a voracious appetite with poor weight gain, excessive sweating and heat intolerance, and poor school performance caused by decreased attention span. Burch and Wartofsky have published precise criteria and a scoring system for the diagnosis of thyroid storm based on clinical features. [11]


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