Hyperthyroidism cases in Germany
34.059 cases in the year 2019
35.012 cases in the year 2021 ( Prognosis )
The predicted increase in case numbers is based on population growth data from the Federal and State Statistical Offices. The calculation is made for each age group, so that demographic effects are taken into account. The case numbers are based on a network of different sources available to the public. By means of data analysis procedures, these figures are processed and made available to our users.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is over-active, though this condition can arise in a variety of ways:
- Graves' disease is the most common cause of overproduction of thyroid hormone and can result in enlargement of the gland. Other symptoms include sleep problems, irritability, muscle weakness and a rapid heartbeat.
- Toxic adenomas are benign thyroid gland tumours. Adenomas, or nodules, develop within the thyroid gland and start to secrete thyroid hormones, thus disturbing your body's delicate chemical balance. A goiter may sometimes contain a number of individual nodules.
- Sub-acute thyroiditis causes an inflammation of the thyroid, which feels tender. This condition, which is possibly the result of a viral infection, causes the thyroid gland to leak excess hormones, resulting in a temporary hyperthyroidism, which usually lasts for only a few weeks.
- Pituitary gland disorders or cancerous growths within the thyroid gland, although considered extremely rare, can also result in hyperthyroidism.