Salomo, Louise Havkrog2; Laursen, Adam Hoegsbro2; Reiter, Nanna2; Feldt-Rasmussen, Ulla3
1 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 unknown3 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
an almost forgotten, yet still existing cause of multiorgan failure
A 48-year-old man was admitted to department of emergency medicine at a tertiary referral hospital due to dizziness and fatigue. Clinical features on admission were non-pitting oedema, dry skin, very sparse hair, a hoarse voice, hypothermia (rectal temperature 28.7°C), macroglossia, sinus bradycardia and slow cerebration. Blood tests revealed severe hypothyroidism. During admission, the patient developed respiratory failure, renal failure, bleeding symptoms and diffuse colitis. The patient was treated with hydrocortisone and levothyroxine and he survived miraculously. This case describes a patient with myxoedema coma with severe hypothermia and cardiac involvement with development of multiorgan dysfunction all linked to the severe depletion of triiodothyronine.