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Fatal Thyrotoxic Crisis

Herman Gilbert E. M.D. Ph.D.; Kanluen, Sawait M.D.; Monforte, Joseph Ph.D.; Husain, Mujtaba M.D.; Spitz, Werner U. M.D.; Taff, Mark L.
The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 1986
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Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism. A rare complication of Graves' disease is thyrotoxic crisis. Although the crisis is frequently fatal, it is a distinctly unusual cause of sudden death. We investigated the case of a young woman with Graves' disease who died suddenly. Radioimmunoassay tests of thyroid function were used to establish the diagnosis.

From the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Taff's present address: Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, P.O. Box #160, East Meadow, NY 11554.

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