is the most common cause of
hyperthyroidism. Graves' disease causes the thyroid
gland to make too much thyroid hormone. Graves' disease, like many thyroid
problems, often runs in families.
It is possible that the main title of the report Graves' Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Thyroid nodules. Thyroid
nodules are abnormal growths in the thyroid gland that can make too much
thyroid hormone. For more information, see the topic
Thyroiditis.Thyroiditis occurs when your body makes
antibodies that damage your thyroid gland. You can
also get thyroiditis from a viral or bacterial infection. At first, thyroiditis
may cause your thyroid levels to rise as hormone leaks out from the damaged
gland. Later, levels may be low (hypothyroidism)
until the gland repairs itself.