Inflammation of the cardiac conduction system in a case of hyperthyroidism
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A 37-year-old female showed signs of hyperthyroidism 2 weeks before death after a partial thyroidectomy was carried out 15 years previously. An examination 3 days before death revealed a normal blood cell count, an increased level of thyroidal hormones, sinus tachycardia and a high blood pressure of 170/90 mm Hg. A hyperthyroidism was diagnosed and therapy with carbimazol (2 × 10 mg) was started but 2 days later fever and chill occurred and before death short phases of unconsciousness and dyspnoea. The autopsy findings showed an interstitial inflammation of the AV-node, the His-bundle and its branches which can correlate with typical ECG changes in hyperthyroidism.
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