Rhabdomyolysis

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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a potential cause of rhabdomyolysis. However, it only rarely causes this medical situation. What is hypothyroidism? It is a condition in which the person's thyroid does not produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone.

Symptoms

Various symptoms can show up in patients who have hypothyroidism. Bear in mind that the items mentioned here may be linked to different stages of the condition (such as early or late), as well as particular forms of hypothyroidism. Moreover, some are only occasionally found as symptoms of hypothyroidism.

The person may become sensitive to the cold. Levels of cholesterol in his blood may be higher. Arthralgia, that is, pain in the joints, may affect the individual. The skin might be dry, and it could be itchy as well. Dyspnea, a symptom in which the person feels a shortness of breath, might occur. The thyroid gland may enlarge -- this is known as a goiter. If the patient is a woman and is having periods, those cycles may become irregular.

A person with hypothyroidism might have a basal body temperature that is reduced. Hypotonia, in which the muscle tone is decreased, may be found. Anemia can also appear in a patient with this condition. The individual may gain weight. Constipation is something that could affect him. Weakness is also a possible symptom.


Causes

There are different medical situations that can lead to hypothyroidism. For example, it can be brought on by a condition known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Having a deficiency of iodine can also lead to it. Another way in which it can be caused is by de Quervain's thyroiditis. However, there are plenty of other reasons why a patient might have an underactive thyroid.

Diagnosis

For cases of primary hypothyroidism (in which it is the thyroid gland itself that is not functioning properly), the condition is diagnosed by measuring TSH and free T4. Despite this, the amounts of these found in the blood can be impacted by other problems that are unrelated to the this particular gland. Other testing may also take place.

Treatment

There are multiple options for treatment of this condition. Talk with a doctor for details.

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