Volume 43, Issue 6 (November 1998)

    Fatal Heatstroke in a Young Woman with Previously Undiagnosed Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

    (Received 24 November 1997; accepted 27 March 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Heatstroke represents the most severe form of the heat-related illnesses. Potentially fatal, heatstroke most often affects the elderly, obese, or chronically ill. Thyroid disease, which may interfere with the normal regulation of body temperature, has not previously been reported in cases of heatstroke. A fatal case is reported in a young woman discovered unconscious in a sauna who was found to have preexisting Hashimoto's thyroiditis on subsequent autopsy. The diagnosis of hypothyroidism in heatstroke rests on clinical information and morphologic observations. This case underscores the importance of evaluating the thyroid in unusual cases of heatstroke.


    Author Information:

    Siegler, RW
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH


    Stock #: JFS14393J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14393J

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    Title Fatal Heatstroke in a Young Woman with Previously Undiagnosed Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30