What is Graves’ disease [Video]

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Basedow-Graves disease is an autoimmune disease and is the most common form of hypothyroidism. According to what reported by the site “Rare Diseases Observatory”, it affects from 1.8 to 3% of the population.

Symptoms of the disease include goiter, nervousness, insomnia, weight loss and tremors. In a quarter of cases the disease comes to the eyes causing severe swellings that prevent you from closing your eyelids. Over time this can lead to progressive loss of lateral vision.

To treat Graves’ disease, drug therapy is used and, in the most serious cases, thyroid removal. The intervention may be necessary especially in the case of large goiters.

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