Graves' Disease

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  • Basedow Disease
  • Exophthalmic Goiter
  • Parry Disease
  • Graves' hyperthyroidism

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Graves' disease is a rare disease affecting the thyroid gland and often the skin and eyes. This disorder is characterized by abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter) and increased secretion of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Symptoms of Graves' disease may include fatigue, weight loss, an abnormal intolerance of heat, muscle weakness, and protrusion or bulging of the eyeballs from their sockets. The exact cause of Graves' disease is not known, although an imbalance in the immune system is thought to play a role.


Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation
P. O. Box 2793
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Tel: (877)643-3123
Fax: (877)643-3123
Tel: (877)643-3123

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Tel: (586)776-3900
Fax: (586)776-3903
Tel: (800)598-4668

Thyroid Foundation of Canada
P.O. Box 298
Bath ON K0H 1G0,
Fax: 5146309815
Tel: 8002678822

Hormone Health Network Endocrine Society
2055 L Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)971-3636
Fax: (202)736-9705
Tel: (888)363-6274

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223

Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 08723
Fax: (732)543-7285

European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Tel: 410229080484
Fax: 41229069140

AutoImmunity Community

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Last Updated:  5/7/2008
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