The term thyrotoxicosis denotes excessive supply of the organism with thyroid hormones.
Severity as well as probability of thyrotoxicosis can clinically be assessed by means of the Burch-Wartofsky-Score.
The following scale is apt to estimate the severity of thyrotoxicosis alone:
|Stadium I||Agitation, Hyperthermia, Tachycardia*|
|Stadium II||Impaired consciousness, Hallucinations|
* > 150/min. True hyperthyroidism by exceeding function of the thyroid gland is used to be distinguished from thyrotoxicosis by exogenously supplied thyroxine, e. g. by misdosage (Thyreotoxicosis factitia).
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