Volume 21, Issue 4 (October 1976)

    Thyrotoxicosis: Postmortem Diagnosis in an Unexpected Death

    (Received 11 March 1976; accepted 1 April 1976)

    Published Online: October


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    Thyrotoxicosis, the clinical manifestation of extreme thyroid gland hyperfunction, is readily diagnosed and amenable to therapy. Although physicians recognize the lethal potential of thyrotoxicosis, it does not appear as a diagnosis in several series of unexpected deaths [1,2]. Coe [3], in 1973, discussed the difficulties in making this diagnosis postmortem. This report presents a case of clinically unrecognized thyrotoxicosis presenting as an unexpected death.

    Author Information:

    Simson, LR
    Associate pathologist, Edward W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Mich.

    Stock #: JFS10568J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10568J

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    Title Thyrotoxicosis: Postmortem Diagnosis in an Unexpected Death
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30