April 1st, 2010

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Had ‘Mild Relapse’ of Graves’ Disease

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Former first lady Barbara Bush has been released from a Houston hospital after doctors determined that the likely cause of her recent ailment was a "mild relapse" of Graves' disease…

 

Graves' disease, which is not life-threatening, causes mood and body changes when the immune system "mistakenly attacks" the thyroid gland, causing overproduction of the hormone thyroxine, according to the Mayo Clinic…Medication can cause long-term remission of the disease but relapse is "fairly common," according to the Mayo Clinic.

 

ABC News, by Devin Dwyer, 3/31/2010

Tags: Barbara Bush, Endocrinology / Diabetes, Graves' Disease

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