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What is the difference between thyroiditis and Graves disease?
Thyroiditis is an inflammation (not an infection) of the thyroid gland. Several types of thyroiditis exist, and the treatment is different for each. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, also called autoimmune or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common type of thyroiditis.
Can you have Graves disease and hypothyroidism?
Less well known is the fact that autoimmune hypothyroidism can present with TSH-R-ABs and ophthalmic Graves' disease (OGD). This condition is also known as hypothyroid Graves' disease. … Dependent on the relative concentrations, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism may occur.
How does Graves disease affect the body?
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. … In a person with Graves' disease, the immune system makes antibodies that cause the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Graves' disease most often leads to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism causes your metabolism to speed up.
What triggers Graves disease?
Scientists do not know the exact cause of Graves' disease. We know that, somehow, the body's immune system is tricked into targeting receptors on the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. Research suggests that Graves' disease may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.