Pregnancy and Graves’ disease

About pregnancy and Graves' disease If hyperthyroidism continues for a long time, physiology may be reduced or stopped. However, because of Graves' disease, it is not hard to get pregnant. However, if you are pregnant with excess thyroid hormone, the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth increases. For safe pregnancy / childbirth, it is important to make thyroid hormone concentration normal in advance. Treatment is centered on the administration of antithyroid drugs (thiurazil or propargyl) or potassium iodide. Some people feel uneasy about drinking medication during pregnancy. However, if G……

Everyday life

If thyroid hormone concentrations are normal, no special precautions are necessary. ■ Attention of daily life Activity should be restricted to some extent, as the burden is also imposed on the heart as long as the thyroid hyperactivity state continues. The degree of activity restriction depends on the condition, but sufficient rest and nutrition are important. Also, it is necessary to be in a cool environment during hot weather. However, if the thyroid hormone concentration becomes normal by treatment, you can live a life that is no different from ordinary people. People with Graves' dise……

Method of treatment

I will treat you so that thyroid hormone is not made too much. There are 3 ways of internal medicine treatment (antithyroid drug, occasionally iodine), radioactive iodine treatment (isotope), surgery. Which method you choose depends on the person's condition, age, social situation, etc. Medication treatment It is a method of regularly taking medicine (antithyroid drug) that suppresses the synthesis of thyroid hormone. Depending on the condition of each patient, if you take the right amount of medicine, the concentration of thyroid hormone in the blood will be normal in 1 to 3 months. If yo……

Inspection

■ Inspection of Graves' disease Inspection of Graves' disease is mainly blood test. In the blood test, the primary purpose is to measure the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood and to check if it is excessive. If it is Graves' disease, a special antibody (TSH receptor antibody) which stimulates the thyroid gland is detected in the blood. If this antibody is present, it is determined as Graves' disease. Many people have diagnosis by blood test, but some people do not have diagnosis by blood test alone. In that case, we will conduct an isotope (radioactive iodine) test. This is based on the……

Symptom

In Graves' disease from the past, the following three symptoms are considered representative symptoms. Goiter Exophthalmus Symptoms caused by excess of thyroid hormone, such as palpitations In fact, however, the patients who are experiencing these three symptoms are rather minority. Then, I will explain in detail about each symptom. Goiter A goiter refers to thyroid swelling. Goiter has a "diffuse goiter" where the whole thyroid gland can be left intact, and "nodular goiter" where a partial lump can be made. In the case of Graves' disease, it becomes the "diffuse goiter". Although ……

Basedō-byō

The cause of Graves' disease is "autoimmunity"
Graves' disease is a disease in which thyroid function is enhanced and excessive thyroid hormone is produced. So why such anomalies occur?
Actually, immunity is related to that abnormality. Immunity is an important mechanism for attacking invading enemies and maintaining health. However, rarely there are diseases that make antibodies that target your own body. This is called "autoimmune disease", and Graves' disease is also a kind o……