Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease

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Hyperthyroidism is an important condition: it affects 1–2% of the UK population and has a huge impact on quality of life. Because hyperthyroidism often presents asymptomatically or with non-specific symptoms, the diagnosis can be easily missed. A high index of clinical suspicion is required to ensure an early diagnosis and timely management. The GP plays a vital role in managing primary contact with patients with hyperthyroidism, co-ordinating care and organizing disease monitoring and so must have a sound understanding of this disease.

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