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Graves' disease

Graves' disease is an auto-immune condition affecting the thyroid gland in the neck. The body’s immune system produces antibodies that attack the thyroid tissue, leading to the thyroid becoming overactive. Symptoms include racing heart, sweating, weight loss, irritability, fatigue and sleep loss.

People who have had Graves' disease for long periods can develop bulging eyes, or exophthalmos. It is also possible to get a goitre, which is a swollen thyroid gland visible to others. Treatments involve reducing the activity of the gland with medicines, and sometimes surgery.

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Graves' disease - Lab Tests Online AU

Graves disease is the most common cause of overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). It is caused by an antibody that acts like thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and causes the thyroid gland to produce excess thyroid hormones.

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What is Thyroid illness Graves?

Graves’ disease is a common cause of hyperthyroidism in people including children and young adults.

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Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

Hyperthyroidism is a health condition where your thyroid becomes overactive and produces too many hormones. It is a serious health condition that is fatal if left undiagnosed or untreated.

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Thyroid - hyperthyroidism

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Hypersensitivity means that the body responds to a particular substance (called allergens) in an exaggerated fashion, where it does not happen in normal circumstances

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Thyroid disease in children - myDr.com.au

Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment of thyroid disease in children.

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The thyroid gland

Information on the thyroid gland and its function in regulating your bodys metabolism.

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Thyroid disease in children - myDr.com.au

Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment of thyroid disease in children.

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Thyroid eye disease - myDr.com.au

Thyroid eye disease occurs in people with thyroid disease and is characterised by inflammation, swelling and eventual scarring.

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