by A Bhattacharyya MD MRCP PG WILES MD FRCP
Journal of Royal Society Medicine 1997; 90: 681-682
Thyrotoxic crisis (thyroid storm) is a life-threatening exacerbation of the hypothyroid state leading to decompensation of one or more organ systems. Untreated thyroid storm is fatal, and the case fatality rate is still 21-30%. Timely diagnosis is the key to successful management.
We report a patient with undiagnosed thyrotoxicosis who was initially treated for acute surgical abdomen.