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Hyperthyroidism in Children (Graves Disease)

Hyperthyroidism in children, often linked to Graves' disease, is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland. Graves' disease prompts the thyroid to produce excessive thyroid hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism. Common symptoms in children include weight loss, increased appetite, irritability, and accelerated growth. Unlike adults, children with Graves' disease may experience pronounced emotional and behavioral changes. Physical manifestations can include enlarged thyroid (goiter), bulging eyes (exophthalmos), and skin changes. Diagnosis involves blood tests measuring thyroid hormone levels and thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI). Treatment options include anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine therapy, or in some cases, surgical intervention. Monitoring growth and development is crucial to adjust treatment and manage potential side effects. Close collaboration between pediatric endocrinologists and other healthcare professionals is essential for comprehensive care. With appropriate treatment, children with Graves' disease can lead normal, healthy lives. Regular follow-ups ensure optimal thyroid function and overall well-being.

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Dr Tejasvi Sheshadri

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Dr Tejasvi Sheshadri

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Sparsh Hospitals, Bangalore

She completed MBBS from MS Ramaiah Medical College with RGUHS top ten rank holders in three subjects. She also completed MD Paediatrics from JSS Medical College. Further went on to pursue the RGUHS accredited fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology from Indira Gandhi institute of child health, Bangalore with keen interest in the branch. Currently she is working as a Pediatric endocrinologist in Bangalore with special interest in the management of children with type 1 diabetes Mellitus , obesity, short stature, thyroid, adrenal, pubertal and pituitary disorders

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Hyperthyroidism in children, often linked to Graves' disease, is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland. Graves' disease prompts the thyroid to produce excessive thyroid hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism. Common symptoms in children include weight loss, increased appetite, irritability, and accelerated growth. Unlike adults, children with Graves' disease may experience pronounced emotional and behavioral changes. Physical manifestations can include enlarged thyroid (goiter), bulging eyes (exophthalmos), and skin changes. Diagnosis involves blood tests measuring thyroid hormone levels and thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI). Treatment options include anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine therapy, or in some cases, surgical intervention. Monitoring growth and development is crucial to adjust treatment and manage potential side effects. Close collaboration between pediatric endocrinologists and other healthcare professionals is essential for comprehensive care. With appropriate treatment, children with Graves' disease can lead normal, healthy lives. Regular follow-ups ensure optimal thyroid function and overall well-being.