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A popular term for the marked bilateral exophthalmos with proptosis, caused by the infiltrative ophthalmopathy, which is seen in more than 1⁄2 of patients with Graves’ thyrotoxicosis, but is less common in non-Graves’ hyperthyroidism

Other ocular signs of Graves’ disease include upper lid spasm and lid retraction, external ophthalmoplegia, easy tearing with a gritty sensation of the eyes, supra- and infra-orbital swelling, congestion, edema and weakness of the extrinsic ocular muscles; when severe chemosis and inflammation are present, it is designated as malignant exophthalmos 

Pathogenesis Hypersecretion of a LATS-like–long-acting thyroid stimulator-like substance 

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