Severe Hypothyroidism-Induced Volvulus

Given the number of hypothyroid cases that have been available for medicine to investigate, even just since thyroid treatment became available, why do we so often read the words not well documented?

J Clin Med Res. 2015 Dec; 7(12): 995–997.

Published online 2015 Oct 23. doi: 10.14740/jocmr2357w

PMCID: PMC4625821

Severe Hypothyroidism-Induced Volvulus

Rafay Khan, Amar Ahmed, Sunil Tulpule, Kalyani Regeti, Shuvendu Sen, and Teena Mathewa

Abstract

Thyroid disorders have been found to be associated with multiple organ systems and thus have a broad spectrum of presenting symptoms and clinical conditions. Certain aspects of the gastrointestinal (GI) system have yet to be fully understood and documented. Hypothyroidism and even hyperthyroidism have been identified in patients with motility symptoms involving the GI tract. These symptoms can vary and can be a complication of undertreated or undiagnosed condition involving the thyroid.

Unfortunately, the mechanism in which these hormones can impact intestinal motility remains poorly understood and not well documented. In this case report, we discuss the presentation of a 71-year-old female with poorly managed hypothyroidism presenting with significant abdominal distention and pain secondary to underlying volvulus formation. By better understanding the complications induced by hypothyroidism, physicians may be able to prevent further life-threatening outcomes with early management and intervention.

Keywords: Hypothyroidism, Gastrointestinal, Motility, Volvulus, Thyroid

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A volvulus is a subtype of malrotation, in which a loop of bowel is twisted about a focal point along the mesentery attached to the intestinal tract, that may result in a bowel obstruction.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvulus

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  • Helvella,

    "Given the number of hypothyroid cases that have been available for medicine to investigate, even just since thyroid treatment became available, why do we so often read the words not well documented?"

    Probably because body parts are treated, not the whole patient-body, and even when researchers join up some of the dots, the endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, cardiologist, nephrologist and hepatologist are still only interested in their own sphere of influence and not how it impacts on the other specialities. Basically, they don't consider knock-on effects.

  • If even some of those specialties actually properly documented the signs and symptoms in their own areas, it would be a start.

  • Helvella, Modern medicine seems to have gone backwards. Chinese and Indian medicine has known for centuries how sickness of one organ or area of the body causes sickness and symptoms in others.

  • Clutter I definitely agree with you.

    The professionals are uninterested particularly Endocrinologists who are quick to give 'another' explanation for the remaining symptoms rather than undertreatment.

  • Its all because they do not bother to teach that the Thyroid is the Conductor of the entire endocrine orchestra of hundreds of hormones

    theres 40 alone in the brain

    Hence when the thyroid is sick the whole body is sick

    Also for many people Levothyroxine is a synthetic chemical that their body cant cope with and they will only loose their symptoms on NDT

    but if the patient has been ill for a log time it takes time for NDT to heal the tissues before the patient starts to feel well

    this can be a year or even 2