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Hashimotos thyroiditis, how do you treat?

Hashimotos thyroiditis, how do you treat?

If thyroid: Hormone level normal, no tretment; if overactive meds or radioactive iodine to decrease production of hormone; occasionally surgery. If underactive, give thyroid hormone. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Inflammation Of The Thyroid (Definition)

Several common forms of thyroiditis. Subacute thyroidits is from a virus. Your thyroid is tender, transient hyperthyroidism, but then resolution. Hashimotos thyroiditis is usually without pain, eventually causes hypothyroidism, but can coexist with graves hyperthyroidism. Two other forms are post partum thyroiditis and "painless" thyroiditis; transient hyper followed by ...Read more


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How do you diagnose hashimotos thyroiditis?

How do you diagnose hashimotos thyroiditis?

Suspicion / lab test: Hashimoto's is often suspected by history or exam & confirmed by blood tests showing toxic auto-antibodies that have formed to the thyroid tissues. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's thyroiditis be cures?

Can hashimoto's thyroiditis  be cures?

No.: Treated not cured. Very easy to treat. This is an autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Body makes antibodies against the thyroid and kills it. Must generally take replacement hormone for life. ...Read more

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Can hashimoto's thyroiditis be treated?

Can hashimoto's thyroiditis be treated?

Hashimotos: Yes - usually quite easily. Sometimes it causes only a goiter which does not necessitate treatment. Treatment depends on thyroid hormone levels. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hashimoto's thyroiditis?

What are the tests for hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Several: To test for hypothyroidism, regardless of cause, the best test is a TSH level to determine if the pituitary is making high levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to try to get the thyroid to make more thyroid hormone. Sometimes a thyroid hormone level is done as well. An antibody test (tpo antibody) can show if there are antibodies attacking the thyroid, as seen in hashimoto's thyroiditis. ...Read more

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What is this hashimoto's thyroiditis condition?

What is this hashimoto's thyroiditis condition?

Antibody to thyroid: It is an autoimmune disorder - meaning, for reasons we don't fully understand, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. This causes a low grade inflammation which over time can make the thyroid underactive. It is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hashimoto's thyroiditis?

None to severe: Depends on whether the gland is enlarged to cause compressive symptoms or underactive to cause hypothyroid symptoms. ...Read more

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What is hashimoto thyroiditis?

What is hashimoto thyroiditis?

Autoimmune: For reasons we don't fully understand, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. This causes a very low grade inflammation which over time can disrupt thyroid function. ...Read more

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Can Hashimoto thyroiditis be hereditary?

Can Hashimoto thyroiditis be hereditary?

Likely: There is generally thought to be a genetic hereditary component to Hashimoto's thyroiditis. However, there are likely other causes to include a hormonal component, exposure to radiation, and iodine intake. ...Read more

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What is the condition hashimoto thyroiditis?

Autoimmune disease: Hashimoto thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid gland and can cause either hypo- or hypethyroidism. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more