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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 984981, 4 pages
Case Report

Anesthetic Considerations in a Patient with Amiodarone-Induced Thyrotoxicosis

Department of Anesthesiology, Leiden University Medical Center, 2333 ZA Leiden, The Netherlands

Received 27 November 2009; Revised 23 March 2010; Accepted 12 May 2010

Academic Editor: Michael G. Irwin

Copyright © 2010 Paul Calis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Amiodarone-induced thryrotoxicosis (AIT) is a rare but serious complication of amiodarone use, especially in patients with severe cardiac disease. We present a patient who developed AIT, following administration of amiodarone for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. We discuss the medical management of AIT and anesthetic considerations for management of patients with thyrotoxicosis and severe cardiac disease who require surgery including thyroidectomy.