A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of graves disease?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Autoimmune: Graves' disease is caused by an antibody mimicking the action of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causing the gland to overproduce thyroid hormones.
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
52 years experience
Origin Graves: Graves disease was named over 170 years ago and is associated with an abnormal thyroid status. 4-5% have no current discernible abnormality. Most who have thyroid problems will never develop graves, .
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of graves' disease?

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Dr. Vinaya Simha
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is caused by antibodies which stimulate the thyroid gland to proliferate and hypersecrete thyroid hormone. There are aother causes of hyperthyroidism such as nodules or inflamation in the thyroid gland. Rarely excess iodine ingestion can also cause hyperthyroidism.
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