Lancet 2016 Aug 30;388(10047):906-918. Epub 2016 Mar 30.
Endocrine Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda, Milan, Italy (S De Leo MD); Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy (S De Leo); and Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA (S De Leo, S Y Lee MD, Prof L E Braverman MD).
Hyperthyroidism is characterised by increased thyroid hormone synthesis and secretion from the thyroid gland, whereas thyrotoxicosis refers to the clinical syndrome of excess circulating thyroid hormones, irrespective of the source. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, followed by toxic nodular goitre. Other important causes of thyrotoxicosis include thyroiditis, iodine-induced and drug-induced thyroid dysfunction, and factitious ingestion of excess thyroid hormones. Read More