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Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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What is Thyroid Storm?

A serious complication of high thyroid levels (hyperthyroidism) that can lead to multi-organ failure. Causes include inflammation of the thyroid gland and thyroid surgery.

Typical Symptoms of Thyroid Storm

  • Stopped taking thyroid medication suddenly

  • Fever

  • Fine tremor of the hands and fingers

  • History of overactive thyroid / high thyroid levels

  • Abdominal pain

  • Feeling breathless

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • My brain is not functioning right now

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Thyroid Storm

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Have you recently stopped thyroid medications?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do your fingers tremble slightly?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or Graves' disease?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

Treatmentof Thyroid Storm

This requires emergency medical care. Injections and oral medications will be given to block the thyroid hormones and bring levels back to normal. Hospitalization for monitoring is typically needed.

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References

  • Chiha M, Samarasinghe S, Kabaker AS. Thyroid storm: an updated review. J Intensive Care Med. 2015 Mar;30(3):131-40. doi: 10.1177/0885066613498053. Epub 2013 Aug 5. PMID: 23920160.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0885066613498053

  • Nayak B, Burman K. Thyrotoxicosis and thyroid storm. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2006 Dec;35(4):663-86, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2006.09.008. PMID: 17127140.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0889852906000715?via%3Dihub

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Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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