Myxedema pre-coma

Myxedema Pre-Coma

Myxedema pre-coma is a medical condition that is caused by an extreme drop in thyroid hormone levels. It can occur in people with severe hypothyroidism, when the thyroid gland stops functioning. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Myxedema pre-coma can occur suddenly or gradually, depending on the severity of the hypothyroidism. It typically affects elderly adults. Common signs and symptoms of myxedema pre-coma include intense fatigue, confusion, dry skin, reduced reflexes, and an extreme drop in body temperature.

Diagnosing myxedema pre-coma includes a physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests (such as x-rays or MRI scans). Treatment for this condition includes administering intravenous fluids and medications to treat the underlying hypothyroidism, correcting electrolyte abnormalities, and providing supportive care.

If myxedema pre-coma is not treated promptly, it can be fatal. Therefore, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment if you experience any of the symptoms described above or suspect you may have this condition.


If not treated promptly, myxedema pre-coma can have life-threatening complications. These include:

  • Coma
  • Pneumonia
  • Systemic infection
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke


Preventing myxedema pre-coma involves diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism right away. It is important to have regular thyroid function tests and to follow your doctor's instructions about taking your thyroid medications as prescribed.