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Recognizing Thyroid Storm in the Neurologically Impaired Patient

Harris, Catherine

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: February 2007 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 40–42

Thyroid storm is a life-threatening complication of thyroid dysfunction that is manifested by signs of cardiac arrhythmias, fever, and neurological impairment. These symptoms can easily be attributed to a multitude of factors commonly seen in neurological intensive care units, making the recognition and diagnosis of this event difficult. In this case study, a patient presents with a complicated course of hospitalization exacerbated by thyroid storm. Early nursing care and medical collaboration offset a potentially fatal condition.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Catherine Harris, MSN MBA RN CRNP, who is a neurosurgery nurse practitioner at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia, PA.

© 2007 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses