What is Myxoedema Coma?

Myxoedema coma is the end result of untreated hypothyroidism. The classical features are that of hypothyroidism but with progressive weakness resulting in loss of consciousness. This condition is common in elderly patients and has a number of precipitating factors. The major factors are listed below:

  • Surgery
  • Infection
  • Drugs
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Stroke
  • Hypothermia

Myxoedema coma is a medical emergency requiring supportive measures and replacement of iodothyronines.