Graves’ disease is one type of hyperthyroidism (when the thyroid gland is overactive). Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly makes the thyroid gland grow and produce too much thyroid hormone.
In some patients with Graves’ disease, the disease leads to bulging eyes. The other symptoms of Graves’ disease are the same as with any type of hyperthyroidism:
- Heat intolerance
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep problems
- Unplanned weight loss
Graves’ disease can be treated with:
- Radioactive iodine
- Thyroid surgery
Patients should discuss with their doctor which treatment option is best for them.