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Atypical presentation of thyroid storm: a diagnostic dilemma
  1. Arnab Banerjee1,
  2. Renu Bala2 and
  3. Richa Aggarwal1
  1. 1 Critical and Intensive Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  2. 2 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arnab Banerjee, dr.arnab77{at}


Thyroid storm (accelerated hyperthyroidism) is an uncommon life-threatening emergency. The diagnosis is difficult and at times delayed owing to atypical presentation. Early diagnosis is the key to its successful management. We came across a patient who had presentations of acute abdomen but later diagnosed in thyroid storm. Multiorgan involvement leads all resuscitative measures futile and prevented us to salvage the patient.

  • intensive care
  • adult intensive care
  • resuscitation
  • thyroid disease
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  • Contributors AB contributed to concept and manuscript writing. RB and RA edited the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Next of kin consent obtained.

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