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What medical conditions other than menopause can cause hot flashes?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Hot flashes and sweating can be associated with causes other than menopause. Increased thyroid activity (hyperthyroid), some medication side effects, and rare conditions such as carcinoid and pheochromocytoma can all cause hot flashes. A thorough discussion of your symptoms and history, along with testing hormones related to some of these other causes can help clarify the picture. Testing the reproductive hormones of estrogen and FSH is typcally not helpful. During perimenopause these levels fluctuate wildly and the blood level doesn't really match the symptoms a woman might be experiencing. 

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