Factitious hyperthyroidism is higher than normal thyroid hormone levels that occur from taking too much thyroid hormone medication.
Factitious thyrotoxicosis; thyrotoxicosis factitia; thyrotoxicosis medicamentosa
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The thyroid gland produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). In most cases of
However, hyperthyroidism can also be caused by taking too much thyroid hormone medication for
Factitious hyperthyroidism can also occur when a patient intentionally takes too much thyroid hormone, such as in people:
- Who have psychiatric disorders such as Munchausen syndrome
- Who are trying to lose weight
- Who want to get compensation from the insurance company
Children may take thyroid hormone pills accidentally.
In rare cases, factitious hyperthyroidism is caused by eating meat contaminated with thyroid gland tissue.