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What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Graves' disease
Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism, and it is typically an autoimmune process.
Hyperthyroidism is simply the end result. There are other ways besides graves' disease that people can develop hyperthyroidism, including toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes.

In brief: Graves' disease
Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism, and it is typically an autoimmune process.
Hyperthyroidism is simply the end result. There are other ways besides graves' disease that people can develop hyperthyroidism, including toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Hyperthyroidism
There are many different causes of hyperthyroidism.
Graves disease is an autoimmune disease most common in young women. Other common forms of hyperthyroidism are toxic nodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, and of course overreplacement with thyroid hormone. There are many other, less common forms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be subtle.

In brief: Hyperthyroidism
There are many different causes of hyperthyroidism.
Graves disease is an autoimmune disease most common in young women. Other common forms of hyperthyroidism are toxic nodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, and of course overreplacement with thyroid hormone. There are many other, less common forms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be subtle.
Dr. Philip Kern
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Dr. David Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: One form of hyperthy
Graves' disease is a specific form of hyperthyroidism caused by an immune disorder. If addition to thyroid abnormalities (which occur in the majority, but not all of graves' disease patients), you can also have a variety of eye problems, skin reactions, bone resorption of the fingers and other non-thyroid abnormalities.
It's treated like other forms of hyperthyroidism. See your endocrinologist.

In brief: One form of hyperthy
Graves' disease is a specific form of hyperthyroidism caused by an immune disorder. If addition to thyroid abnormalities (which occur in the majority, but not all of graves' disease patients), you can also have a variety of eye problems, skin reactions, bone resorption of the fingers and other non-thyroid abnormalities.
It's treated like other forms of hyperthyroidism. See your endocrinologist.
Dr. David Sneid
Dr. David Sneid
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Dr. George Klauber
Grave's disease is also sometimes referred to as Exophalmic Goitre, because of the bulging eyes (exophalmos) plus neck swelling. However,as Dr's Snead's exellent answer reports, not all paients with Grave's disease have bulging eyes.
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