Generalised pruritus as a presentation of Grave's disease

Chai Eng Tan, K. Y. Loh

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Abstract

Pruritus is a lesser known symptom of hyperthyroidism, particularly in autoimmune thyroid disorders. This is a case report of a 27-year-old woman who presented with generalised pruritus at a primary care clinic. Incidental findings of tachycardia and a goiter led to the investigations of her thyroid status. The thyroid function test revealed elevated serum free T4 and suppressed thyroid stimulating hormone levels. The anti-thyroid antibodies were positive. She was diagnosed with Graves' disease and treated with carbimazole until her symptoms subsided. Graves' disease should be considered as an underlying cause for patients presenting with pruritus. A thorough history and complete physical examination are crucial in making an accurate diagnosis. Underlying causes must be determined before treating the symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-23
Number of pages4
JournalMalaysian Family Physician
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Graves Disease
Pruritus
Thyroid Gland
Carbimazole
Thyroid Function Tests
Incidental Findings
Goiter
Thyrotropin
Hyperthyroidism
Tachycardia
Physical Examination
Anti-Idiotypic Antibodies
Primary Health Care
History
Serum

Keywords

  • Graves' disease
  • Primary care
  • Pruritus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice
  • Community and Home Care

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Generalised pruritus as a presentation of Grave's disease. / Tan, Chai Eng; Loh, K. Y.

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