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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2015;10(1):57-60.
DOI:    Published online January 31, 2015.
Thyrotoxic storm diagnosed due to postoperative tachycardia: A case report
Soon Ae Lee, Seong Hoon Kim, Seung Duk Lee, Sang Jo Yoon, Jae Hyun Kim
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
2Center for Liver Cancer, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
Received: 4 September 2014   • Revised: 18 September 2014   • Accepted: 16 December 2014
Thyrotoxic storm is an extreme state of thyrotoxicosis and a medical emergency. The clinical presentation of thyrotoxic storm includes tachycardia, fever, organ effect of central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and gastrointestinal system dysfunction. It usually occurs in patients with untreated or partially treated Graves' disease. Although it is rare, its mortality rate has reached 10-20%. There are no specific tests for establishing the diagnosis; it can only be diagnosed based on the clinical expression and laboratory results. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are necessary when it unexpectedly occurs during the perioperative period. We report a case of unnoticed hyperthyroidism that was diagnosed due to thyrotoxic storm-induced tachycardia in the post anesthesia care unit.
Key Words: Hyperthyroidism, Liver transplantation, Living donors, Thyroid crisis

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