Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 379–381 | Cite as

Determination of free thyroid hormones and their binding proteins in a patient with severe hyperthyroidism (thyroid storm?) and thyroid encephalopathy

  • R. Colebunders
  • P. Bourdoux
  • J. Bekaert
  • C. Mahler
  • G. Parizel
Case Report


A patient with severe hyperthyroidism (thyroid storm?) and thyroid encephalopathy is described. During her illness only a slightly raised level of total thyroxine and a normal level of total triiodothyronine was found in contrast with very high levels of free thyroid hormones. Very low levels of thyroxine binding globulin, albumin and low levels of thyroxine binding prealbumin in contrast with nearly normal values of T3 resin uptake were observed. All parameters of thyroid function returned to normal after therapy.


Free thyroid hormones thyroid hormone binding proteins thyroid storm thyroid encephalopathy 


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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Colebunders
    • 1
  • P. Bourdoux
    • 2
  • J. Bekaert
    • 3
  • C. Mahler
    • 1
  • G. Parizel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineMiddelheim Ziekenhuis AntwerpWilrijkBelgium
  2. 2.Department of RadioisotopesHôpital St. Pierre BrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineAkademisch Ziekenhuis AntwerpBelgium

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