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Thyrotoxicosis

German: Thyreotoxikose

1 Definition

The term thyrotoxicosis denotes excessive supply of the organism with thyroid hormones.

2 Classification

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).

3 Grading

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:

StadiumSymptoms
  Stadium I   Agitation, Hyperthermia, Tachycardia*
  Stadium II  Impaired consciousness, Hallucinations
  Stadium III  Coma

* > 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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