Key Details of Graves Disease

  • Graves' disease, also known as toxic diffuse goiter, is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.
  • Last updated on May 19, 2020
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Graves' disease, also known as toxic diffuse goiter, is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.

Graves' disease, also known as toxic diffuse goiter, is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. It frequently results in and is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It also often results in an enlarged thyroid. Signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include irritability, muscle weakness, sleeping problems, a fast heartbeat, poor tolerance of heat, diarrhea, and unintentional weight loss. Other symptoms may include thickening of the skin on the shins, known as pretibial myxedema, and eye bulging, a condition caused by Graves' ophthalmopathy. About 25 to 80% of people with the condition develop eye problems.



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