Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Graves’ Disease


Graves' disease is more common among women and in people younger than 40 years of age.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Graves’ Disease

Graves' disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism).


  • Although several disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease is a common cause.
  • Although Graves' disease may affect anyone, it's more common among women and in people younger than 40 years of age.
  • The primary treatment goals are to reduce the number of thyroid hormones that the body produces and lessen the severity of symptoms.
  • Symptoms may include anxiety, fine tremor of the hands and fingers, heat sensitivity, weight loss, enlargement of the thyroid, erectile dysfunction, and bulging eyes.
  • Causes: Graves' disease is caused by a malfunction in the body's disease-fighting immune system. It's unknown why this happens.
  • Risk factors: Age, family history, physical stress, pregnancy, and smoking.
  • Diagnosis: Blood test, radioactive iodine uptake, ultrasound, and imaging tests.
  • Treatment: Radioactive iodine therapy, anti-thyroid medications including methimazole (Tapazole), propylthiouracil, and beta blockers.


Related Videos
Close up hands of helping hands elderly home care. Mother and daughter. Mental health and elderly care concept - Image credit:  ipopba |
Rear view of Audience listening Speakers on the stage in the conference hall or seminar meeting, business and education about investment concept -  Image credit: THANANIT |
Pharmacist helping patient use glucose monitor -- Image credit: Kalyakan |
Pride flags during pride event -- Image credit: ink drop |
Female Pharmacist Holding Tablet PC - Image credit: Tyler Olson |
African American male pharmacist using digital tablet during inventory in pharmacy - Image credit: sofiko14 |
Young woman using smart phone,Social media concept. - Image credit: Urupong |
selling mental health medication to man at pharmacy | Image Credit: Syda Productions -
Medicine tablets on counting tray with counting spatula at pharmacy | Image Credit: sutlafk -
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.