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What causes rapid weight loss along with extreme anxiety?

A Hispanic female, age 27, has come to the clinic with a complaint of rapid weight loss during the past 6 months despite having a voracious appetite and also that, with the onset of hot weather, she is feeling extreme discomfort. Furthermore, she feels extremely anxious without reporting any severe stressor in her personal life. Her physical exam reveals tachycardia (pulse rate 100 bpm), fine moist skin, a fine tremor, and a symmetrically enlarged thyroid. Further blood work demonstrates elevated free thyroxine ( 10 pmol/l) with TSH at less than 0.2 mlU/l.
Thu, 28 Feb 2019
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Hi,

This is a typical presentation of hyperthyroidism which is a condition where the thyroid produces more hormones than usual. Because the thyroid is symmetrically enlarged very likely it is due to Graves disease.
The patient might need a schintigraphy of the thyroid gland and probably some blood tests for antibodies to confirm the diagnosis.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Antoneta Zotaj,
General & Family Physician
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What causes rapid weight loss along with extreme anxiety?

Hi, This is a typical presentation of hyperthyroidism which is a condition where the thyroid produces more hormones than usual. Because the thyroid is symmetrically enlarged very likely it is due to Graves disease. The patient might need a schintigraphy of the thyroid gland and probably some blood tests for antibodies to confirm the diagnosis. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Antoneta Zotaj, General & Family Physician