Other Names for this Disease
- Basedow disease
- Exophthalmic goiter
- Graves' hyperthyroidism
- Parry disease
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. Treatment may include radioiodine therapy, antithyroid drugs, and/or thyroid surgery.
- Dugdale DC, Wexler D. Graves disease. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000358.htm. Accessed 5/11/2010.
- Graves' Disease. The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service . 2008; http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/graves/. Accessed 5/11/2010.
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- Genetics Home Reference contains information on Graves' disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- MayoClinic.com provides information about Graves' disease. Click on the link to access this information.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic. Click on the link to view this information.
- 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.
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- Medscape Reference has 2 references articles on this topic from the perspective of Endocrinology and Pediatrics: General Medicine. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Graves' disease. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- 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.