A Case of Amiodarone-Induced Thyrotoxicosis : A diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma

Sudheer Ahamed PS, Abe Mathew


Amiodarone is an iodine rich agent widely used for the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and flutter. However 14-18% of patients treated with amiodarone develop overt thyroid dysfunction in the form of either amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis (AIT) or amiodaroneinduced hypothyroidism (AIH). Two different types of AIT have been recognised and designated as Type 1 and Type 2. Distinguishing between the two is often difficult, but necessary for instituting appropriate treatment. We report a case of a 56 year-old male patient who was started on amiodarone for atrial fibrillation and then developed AIT. The challenges in the diagnosis and management of these patients are discussed.


Amiodarone; Thyroid; Thyrotoxicosis; Apathetic hyperthyroidism; Arrhythmias; Case Report.

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