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Silent thyroiditis

  • Definition

    Silent thyroiditis is swelling (inflammation) of the thyroid gland, in which the person alternates between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.


    Alternative Names

    Lymphocytic thyroiditis; Subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis; Painless thyroiditis; Thyroiditis - silent


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The cause of this type of thyroiditis is unknown. The disease affects women more often than men.