Thyroid Storm Can Disrupt Life

It is known that many diseases occur when vital thyroid hormones work more or less. Pointing out that sometimes the increase in hormone secretions is given to the blood very quickly and in large quantities, the picture of “thyroid storm” may occur, Endocrine Surgery Specialist from Yeditepe University Hospitals Parathyroid Transplantation ClinicProf. Dr. Erhan Ayşan said, "Here is the storm inside us, from now on."

Thyroid hormones play a decisive role in all kinds of functions from walking, speaking, digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, even thinking and perception. If T3 and T4 hormones, which play an important role in our daily life, work less or more, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can occur. Warning that these problems affecting a large part of the society can be confused with different diseases, Prof. Dr. Erhan Ayşan warned to be careful about the symptoms. Underlining that the picture, which occurs when thyroid hormones are suddenly and excessively injected into the blood and defined as thyroid storm, is of particular importance in terms of serious consequences, Endocrine Surgery Specialist from Yeditepe University Hospitals Parathyroid Transplantation Clinic Prof. Dr. Erhan Ayşan continued his words as follows: “While this storm sometimes gives findings that can be seen from the outside, sometimes it moves forward by damaging the internal organs without any findings. Heart and brain will take the first place among these damages. Rhythm disturbances and sudden cardiac arrest may develop due to rapid heartbeat. Cerebral hemorrhage may be seen due to fractures in the cerebral vessels. Organ damage that will occur will vary depending on the age of the patient and the existing comorbidities. Internal organ damage is seen earlier in elderly patients. The effects of thyroid storm on the heart may be experienced much earlier and more severe in people with additional disease, for example a person with heart failure.

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