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Graves' disease

This condition causes the thyroid gland in the neck to produce too much thyroid hormone, and can eventually lead to bulging eyes.

Graves' disease is an auto-immune condition. 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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Grave's Disease | myVMC

Graves Disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis (increased activity of the thyroid gland)

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Graves' disease - Lab Tests Online AU

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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

Around one in 20 people will experience some form of thyroid dysfunction in their lifetime. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which secretes regulatory hormones into the blood. The thyroid sits just below the Adam's apple (larynx) and has two lobes, one on either side of the windpipe. This gland controls many vital metabolic processes, such as growth and energy expenditure.

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Hyperthyroidism | myVMC

Hyperthyroidism is an imbalance of metabolism caused by overproduction of thyroid hormone

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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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