Graves' Disease: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 3/10/2020

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland in the neck. Graves' disease causes hyperthyroidism, or overactivity of the thyroid gland.

Signs and symptoms of Graves' disease include

Associated signs and symptoms can also include

It can also lead to complications during pregnancy.

Cause of Graves' disease

The cause of the condition is abnormal stimulation of the thyroid gland by substances known as thyroid stimulating immunoglobins (TSIs) that bind to and activate thyrotropin receptors.

Other graves' disease symptoms and signs


Where is the thyroid gland located? See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.