Hyperthyroidism - Symptoms

Hyperthyroidism leads to an increase in the body’s metabolism. In children and young people, the most obvious symptoms can be weight loss and rapid growth in height. There is a long list of other symptoms and signs associated with hyperthyroidism although not everyone will have all of them. These include:

  • heart palpitations or a racing heartbeat
  • sweating,
  • not being able to stand heat,
  • being intolerant of warmth and warm conditions
  • tiredness
  • nervousness and irritability
  • shakiness
  • a rapid pulse
  • mood swings or aggressive behaviour
  • loose bowel movements
  • weak muscles
  • warm, moist hands
  • difficulty concentrating and sitting still
  • thirst
  • itchiness
  • an enlarged thyroid gland (a goitre)

Symptoms can come on very quickly – within the space of a few days or weeks – or may develop over a long period of time. Occasionally children with Graves’ disease may also develop thyroid eye disease (ted). This is usually quite mild in children.







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28 July 2015
Congenital Hypothyroidism

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31 March 2015
BTF Research Award 2015

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10 March 2015
Patient journeys - BTF films

We are delighted to have produced a series of short films featuring people talking about their experience of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.




22 January 2015
Fight for Sight and BTF Co-fund New Research

A research grant co-funded by Fight for Sight and the British Thyroid Foundation has been awarded to researchers at London's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology




15 December 2014
Thyroid cancer - patient journeys

BTF has produced four short films for patients with thyroid cancer. Please get in touch if you would like more information or support.




5 November 2014

Patient Knowledge of antithyroid drug-induced agranulocytosis - article published in the European Thyroid Journal.




July 2014 BTA Guidelines for the Management of Thyroid Cancer
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