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Graves' disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Basedow disease
  • Exophthalmic goiter
  • Graves' hyperthyroidism
  • Parry disease
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Overview

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). It is caused by an abnormal immune system response that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormones. Graves disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism and occurs most often in women over age 20. However, the disorder may occur at any age and may affect males as well.[1] Treatment may include radioiodine therapy, antithyroid drugs, and/or thyroid surgery.[2]

Last updated: 4/21/2015

References

  1. Wisse B, Zieve D. Graves disease. MedlinePlus. May 10, 2014; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000358.htm. Accessed 4/21/2015.
  2. Graves' Disease. The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service. August 10, 2012; http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/graves-disease/Pages/fact-sheet.aspx. Accessed 4/21/2015.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference contains information on Graves' disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • MayoClinic.com has an information page on Graves' disease.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it¬†provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view the information on this topic.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.¬†
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Graves' disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Basedow disease
  • Exophthalmic goiter
  • Graves' hyperthyroidism
  • Parry disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.