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Endocrine System :
Hyperthyroidism / Thyroiditis / Graves Disease

Hyperthyroidism is the term for overactive tissue within the thyroid gland, resulting in overproduction and thus an excess of circulating free thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), or both.


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1. Which specialist should I see if have hyperthyroidism?

You should consult an Endocrinologist.

2. Are women more prone to the disease than men to become hyperthyroidic?

Yes. Women are five times more prone to get hyperthyroidism than men.

3. What is hyperthyroid crisis?

It is a rare and life threatening increase in severity of clinical features of hyperthyroidism. Fever, agitation, confusion, tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and cardiac failure.

4. What is sub clinical hyperthyroidism?

This term is used to describe clinically euthyroid patients in whom serum thyroid hormone concentrations are normal but usually in upper part of reference range and TSH undetectable in absence of non thyroid illness.

5. What are thyroid hormones?

The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism.

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