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Barbara Bush Lived a Full Life With Graves’ Disease


In the days leading up to First Lady Barbara Bush’s death, at the age of 92, news reports about her condition often mentioned that she had Graves’ disease. Those unfamiliar with this thyroid disorder could have been left with the impression that the disorder might have contributed to her death. That is simply not the case. When diagnosed and treated properly, Graves’ disease is not a fatal condition.

“Barbara Bush died with her Graves’ disease, not because of it,” Robert Courgi, MD, an endocrinologist at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, who has not treated Mrs. Bush tells EndocrineWeb, “If you recognize and treat Graves’ disease, patients should do very well.”

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