Polar T3 syndrome
Polar T3 syndrome is a condition found in polar explorers, caused by a decrease in levels of the thyroid hormone T3. Its effects include forgetfulness, cognitive impairment and mood disturbances. It can exhibit itself in a fugue state known as the Antarctic stare.
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- Emily Stone (November 9, 2004). "Treating the Antarctic blues".
- "Polar T3 Disorder". Natural History Museum. 17 April 2008.
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