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Which other signs and symptoms support the diagnosis of Graves' disease?
A client comes to the clinic because she has experienced a weight loss of 20 lb (9.1 kg) over the last month, even though her appetite has been "ravenous" and she hasn't changed her activity level. She's diagnosed with Graves' disease.

Asked by Cadence, Last updated: Sep 14, 2020

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E. Reyes

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E. Reyes, Builder, graduate, Birmingham

Answered Sep 08, 2020

Rapid and bounding pulse, heat intolerance, mild tremors, and nervousness.

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid gland. It causes excess production of the thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). It is more common in women than in men. The symptoms of Graves’ disease include bulging eyes (exophthalmos, pretibial myxedema, rapid and bounding pulse, heat intolerance, mild tremors, diarrhea, and an increase in perspiration, anxiety, and nervousness.

Bradycardia and constipation are signs and symptoms of a low production rate of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). Hypothyroidism can be seen in conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

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Leo Samuels

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Leo Samuels, Content Writer, PG, California

Answered Jun 04, 2020

Rapid and bounding pulse, heat intolerance, mild tremors, and nervousness.

Graves’ disease is the overproduction of thyroid hormone, which can result in an immune system disorder. Once Grave disease is discovered in a patient /client, treatment starts to inhibit the production of thyroid hormone.

Patient /client treatment include radioactive iodine therapy; this radioactive iodine therapy cannot be used for pregnant women or even for women who are breastfeeding and also have a lot of side effect.

Antithyroid medication interrupts the use of iodine by the thyroid gland to produce the hormone
Bradycardia and constipation are signs and symptoms of a low production rate of thyroid hormone.

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G. Horace

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G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered Jan 23, 2019

The answer to this question is A, C, D, and E- rapid and bounding pulse, heat intolerance, mild tremors, and nervousness. When a client comes to the clinic because she has experienced a weight loss of 20 lb (9.1 kg) over the last month, even though her appetite has been "ravenous" and she hasn't changed her activity level, she would be diagnosed with Graves’ disease.

There are other common signs of Graves’ disease that often come with the unexpected weight loss and ravenous appetite. Doctors and nurses can use the appearance of all or some of these symptoms to help further diagnose the client.

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John Smith

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Answered Sep 09, 2016

Rapid, bounding pulse-2. heat intolerance-3. mild tremors-4. nervousness-rationale: graves disease, or hyperthyroidism, is a hypermetabolic state thats associated with rapid, bounding pulses; heat intolerance; tremors; and nervousness. bradycardia and constipation are signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.client needs category: health promotion and maintenanceclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: analysisreference: smeltzer, s.c., et al. brunner & suddarths textbook of medical-surgical nursing, 11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1459.
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