Some of the findings of hypothyroidism are very similar to those of normal aging. Myxedema coma, the most severe presentation of hypothyroidism, has a mortality rate of 50-60% in the elderly. Although respiratory failure is rare in myxedema coma, it is an emergency due to the high mortality, especially in the elderly. This case report presents a geriatric patient who developed type 2 respiratory failure following myxedema coma associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and emphasizes the importance of early recognition and treatment of myxedema coma.
Tosun Tasar, Pınar; Sahin, Sevnaz; Urhan, Kubra; Comert, Anil; Yildirim Simsir, Ilgin; Tasbakan, Mehmet Sezai; Gorgun, Alev; Akcicek, Fehmi; and Cetinkalp, Sevki
"A Rare Cause Of Respıratory Faılure In the Elderly: Myxedema Coma,"
Tennessee Medicine E-Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
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