Rheumatoid Arthritis And Hashimoto’s Thyroid

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Definition

Chronic thyroiditis is swelling (inflammation) of the thyroid gland that often results in reduced thyroid function (hypothyroidism).


Alternative Names

Hashimoto's thyroiditis; Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis; Autoimmune thyroiditis


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Chronic thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease is a common thyroid gland disorder. It can occur at any age, but is most often seen in middle-aged women. It is caused by a reaction of the immune system against the thyroid gland.

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