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Living w/o a thyroid?

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by sistermike, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. sistermike

    sistermike Senior Member
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    Apr 5, 2002
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    Has anyone here ever come in contact with someone living without a thyroid, and also not taking any sort of medications?
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  3. PickyBicky

    PickyBicky Senior Member
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    Oct 8, 2005
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    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?


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