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Hypothyroidism: thanks doctor, you gave me my wife back!

This case study reviews a patient with myxoedema madness, a severe, complicated form of psychosis due to significant hypothyroidism, who was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Introduction Agitation and confusion in an older person is common during acute hospital admissions and in elderly care wards. Here, we present a case of a relatively younger adult being admitted in the care of the elderly ward that presented with confusion, agitation and showing signs of paranoia. This case was a late presentation of relatively common illness: hypothyroidism. This caused a severe, complicated form of psychosis called myxoedema madness. It is a reminder of the dictum ‘common illnesses occurs commonly.’ [rml_read_more] Case study A 52-year-old Caucasian woman was admitted through accident & emergency due to worsening agitation & anxiety.


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