JOHN B. ATKINSON, M.D.
Numerous case reports have appeared concerning induced states of thyrotoxicosis through self-administered overdoses of thyroid medication.1, 2, 3, 4 The use of thyroid to simulate heart disease has been reported.5, 6 The use of amphetamine to the point of toxicity has been reported on numerous occasions.7, 8 There is one listed report of the use of amphetamine to the point of causing thyrotoxicosis factitia.9 The following case is reported to illustrate the self-administered use of thyroid and amphetamine to such excess that not only was thyrotoxicosis simulated, but also the actual clinical diagnosis of acute thyrotoxic crisis was seriously considered.
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ATKINSON JB. FACTITIAL THYROTOXIC CRISIS INDUCED BY DEXTROAMPHETAMINE SULFATE AND THYROID(FACTITIAL THYROTOXIC CRISIS INDUCED BY DEXTROAMPHETAMINE SULFATE AND THYROID*). Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:615–618. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-3-615
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(3):615-618.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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