Myxedema coma

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Myxedema coma
Classification and external resources
Specialty endocrinology
ICD-10 E03.5

Myxedema coma is a state of decompensated hypothyroidism. A person may have lab values identical to a "normal" hypothyroid state, but a stressful event (such as an infection, myocardial infarction or stroke) precipitates the myxedema coma state, usually in the elderly. Primary symptoms of myxedema coma are altered mental status and low body temperature. Low blood sugar, low blood pressure, hyponatremia, hypercapnia, hypoxia, slowed heart rate, and hypoventilation may also occur.[citation needed] Myxedema, although included in the name, is not necessarily seen in myxedema coma.[citation needed]