Graves Disease; Hyperthyroidism

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Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause overactivity of the thyroid -- a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can also result from toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes. Here is a listing of the many resources available here at the site that focus on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as related issues including thyroid storm, Graves ophthalmopathy, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, stress, cigarette smoking, antithyroid drugs like PTU and methimazole, thyroidectomy, and thyroid arterial embolization. Common signs and symptoms of Graves' disease include: Anxiety; Irritability; Difficulty sleeping; Fatigue; A rapid or irregular heartbeat; A fine tremor of your hands or fingers; An increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin; Sensitivity to heat; Weight loss, despite normal eating habits; Enlargement of your thyroid gland (goiter); Change in menstrual cycles; Erectile dysfunction or reduced libido; Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea; Bulging eyes (Graves' ophthalmopathy); Thick, red skin usually on the shins or tops of the feet (Graves' dermopathy); Graves' ophthalmopathy. About half the people with Graves' disease show some signs and symptoms of a condition known as Graves' ophthalmopathy. In Graves' ophthalmopathy, inflammation and other immune system events affect muscles and other tissues around your eyes. The resulting signs and symptoms may include: Bulging eyes; Excess tearing; Dry, irritated eyes; Gritty sensation in the eyes; Pressure or pain in the eyes; Puffy eyelids; Reddened or inflamed eyes; Light sensitivity; Double vision; Limited eye movements, resulting in a fixed stare; Blurred or reduced vision (rare); Ulcers on the cornea (rare). An uncommon manifestation of Graves' disease, called Graves' dermopathy, is the reddening and thickening of the skin, most often on your shins or the top of your feet.


Laboratory Test Procedures:

trouble sleeping
fast heartbeat
irregular heartbeat
hand tremor
eye pain
sensitivity to heat
weight loss
thyroid gland enlargement
change in menstrual cycles
erectile dysfunction
bulging eyes
sensitivity to light
blurred vision
itchy eyes
reddened eyes
dry eyes
puffy eyelids
double vision
limited eye movements
corneal ulcer
reddening and thickening of the skin

TSH w/reflex to T4 Free
T4 Total
T4 Free
T3 Free
T3 Total
T3 Uptake
Neutrophil %
Neutrophil Absolute
Basophil %
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