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A 31-year-old member asked:

how is hashimoto's thyroiditis different from grave's disease?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Thyroid Levels: Hashimoto's and and graves' disease are both caused by autoimmunity (where antibodies attack one's own proteins). Hashimoto's more often results in low thyroid hormone levels. Where graves' disease almost always results in high thyroid hormone levels.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Different diseases: Both are autoimmune thyroid diseases, but hashimoto's antibodies are directed against the thyroid gland, causing its destruction. Grave's antibodies mimic tsh, which stimulates the thyroid gland to make lots of thyroid hormone, thus an overactive gland. Patients with grave's disease often also have hashimoto's antibodies. In some cases, the destruction may just burn out the gland over time.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Grave's: ⬇TSH, ⬆T3 & T4, +thyroid receptor antibodies +/- anti thyroid antibodies. ⬆Thyroid uptake on scan.
Oct 21, 2012
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Grave's: ⬇TSH, ⬆T3 & T4, +thyroid receptor antibodies +/- anti thyroid antibodies. ⬆Thyroid uptake on scan.
Oct 21, 2012
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Hashimoto's: typically ⬆TSH, normal or low T4, usually normal T3, but can be low. Low iodine uptake on nuclear medicine scan. Can also have
Oct 21, 2012

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I get an accurate diagnosis of hashimoto's thyroiditis?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Lab work: After a history and physical examination, lab work usually confirms the diagnosis. This is a common autoimmune thyroid disorder, and, when treated, has an excellent prognosis.
Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
Have your doctor get a TPO antibody blood test. It is + in 85% of patients with Hashimoto's
May 20, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

How does hashimoto's thyroiditis develop?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Variable: Hashimoto's thyroiditis develops when the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belonging to that person) and begins making antibodies that target the protein(s). This can cause the thyroid to become enlarged (form a goiter), develop regional growths, or nodules, or make too little thyroid hormone. Once in a while, it can result in too much thyroid hormone.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Very nicely and comprehensively put!
Nov 21, 2012
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A 45-year-old member asked:

If i'm taking medications properly, how long will it take for hashimoto's thyroiditis to go away?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
It depends: It depends upon what you mean by "hashimoto's thyroiditis". Hypothyroid symptoms should clear up within 6-8 weeks of treatment with a dose that makes the TSH normal. Inflammatory symptoms (pain & swelling in the thyroid), get better in in most cases within a few months, but can persist for years in other cases.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
A recent study showed that taking thyroid hormone and selenium supplements improved Hashimoto's.
Oct 9, 2011
A 42-year-old member asked:

Anyone know of a treatment for hashimoto thyroiditis?

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Dr. Zouhair Bibi
Specializes in Endocrinology
Meds.: It depends on the actual function of the thyroid gland. If you are euthyroid than no treatment is needed, if you are hypothyroid than you will be treated with thyroid hormones and if you are hyperthyroid than you will be treated with anti-thyroid drugs.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the condition hashimoto thyroiditis?

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Dr. Zouhair Bibi
Specializes in Endocrinology
Autoimmune disease: Hashimoto thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid gland and can cause either hypo- or hypethyroidism.

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