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A 41-year-old member asked:

How does hashimoto's thyroiditis develop?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 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
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Thyroid antibodies: The immune system makes anti-thyroperoxidase antibodies and/or anti-thyroglobulin antibodies which are both directed at different parts of the thyroid gland. These antibodies infiltrate and damage the thyroid gland painlessly, often rendering the gland underactive.

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A 54-year-old female asked:

I have hashimoto's thyroiditis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Okay: This is usually easy to manage by thyroid replacement as required. A heads-up -- maybe 1% of hashimoto's folks get a vasculitis that can involve the brain and mimic multiple sclerosis; it's treatable but it needs to be suspected before the call can be made. Complications of hashimoto's are rare; you can read about them on your own, get seen fast if the goiter grows fast.

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