Grave’s Disease is a disease that often affects the Thyroid and is caused by an autoimmune disease that results in enlargement of the thyroid.
The body attacks its own thyroid but the release of the antibodies is unknown.
Genetic cause is highly probable.
Another theory is viral or bacterial cause.
Is a type of hyperthyroidism
Seen more often in women – More than 5 times as often.
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Brittle nails
- Difficultly sleeping
- Enlarged thyroid
- Exophthalmos – excessive protrusion of the eyes
- Edema – excessive swelling
- Rapid heart beats
- Blood work is helpful such as low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and high T3, T4 and iodine.
- Biopsy of the thyroid may be necessary
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