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Living w/o a thyroid?

PickyBicky

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sistermike said:
Has anyone here ever come in contact with someone living without a thyroid, and also not taking any sort of medications?

Perhaps a remnant, an ectopic piece of tissue, anything.... reasonably confident that complete and total absence of a thyroid is incompatible with life, especially in settings of an acute stress (infection, hypothermia, trauma, drug, etc, etc), 2o/2 myxedma coma. Check a thyroid panel to convince yourself this is so. While the TSH may be sky high, I doubt the T3/T4 will be dead zero.

Is the patient s/p ablation? Surgical removal? Congenital absence?

Does the patient have physical signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Anyone else?

-PB
 
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