Graves' Disease

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It is possible that the main title of the report Graves' Disease is not the name you expected.

Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Graves' disease is a disease affecting the thyroid and often the skin and eyes. The thyroid is a gland and is part of the endocrine system, the network of glands that secrete hormones that regulate the chemical processes (metabolism) that influence the body's activities as well as regulating the heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. Hormones are secreted directly into the bloodstream where they travel to various areas of the body. Graves' disease is characterized by abnormal enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and increased secretion of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Thyroid hormones are involved with many different systems of the body and, consequently, the specific symptoms and signs of Graves' disease can vary widely from one person to another. Common symptoms include unintended weight loss, an abnormal intolerance of heat, muscle weakness, fatigue and protrusion or bulging of the eyeballs from their sockets. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease.

Supporting Organizations

American Autoimmune & Related Diseases

22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Tel: (586)776-3900
Fax: (586)776-3903
Tel: (800)598-4668
Email: aarda@aarda.org
Website: http://www.aarda.org/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation

P. O. Box 2793
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Tel: (877)643-3123
Fax: (877)643-3123
Tel: (877)643-3123
Email: info@gdatf.org
Website: http://www.gdatf.org/

Hormone Health Network Endocrine Society

2055 L Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)971-3636
Fax: (202)736-9705
Tel: (888)363-6274
Email: hormone@endocrine.org
Website: http://www.hormone.org/

Thyroid Foundation of Canada

P.O. Box 298
Bath ON K0H 1G0,
Canada
Fax: 5146309815
Tel: 8002678822
Website: http://www.thyroid.ca

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Last Updated:  5/7/2008
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