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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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I had cure autoimune disease I am of 17years can my thyroidism and brain fog due to med can cure.How long i need to take med further?

I had cure autoimune disease I am of 17years can my thyroidism and brain fog due to med can cure.How long i need to take med further?

Thyroiditis?: If you are referring to autoimmune thyroiditis ( hashimoto's disease)- this at first can cause an overactive thyroid ( hyperthyroidism) followed by decreased thyoid function ( hypothyroidism). You need to have your thyroid hormone levels balance to achieve balance. The medication may be need for a lifetime or the disease can resolve. ...Read more

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Is thyroid disease an autoimmune disease or not?

Is thyroid disease an autoimmune disease or not?

Yes: The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is graves' disease. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is hashimoto's thyroid disease. Both of these are autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Autoimmune thyroid disease is what?

Immune attack: An autoimmune disease is when the body's immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which are directed towards one's own healthy tissues. In terms of thyroid, antibodies are targeted against the thyroid - very similar in principle to rejecting one's own thryoid. That is, the body is rejecting it's own tissue. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have nothing wrong your thyroid, but still have an autoimmune disease?

Is it possible to have nothing wrong your thyroid, but still have an autoimmune disease?

Yes: Autoimmune thyroid disease can manifest as an enlarged thyroid, abnormal thyroid antibodies on lab testing, sometimes nodular thyroid, and yet thyroid function can be normal, low, or high. Thyroid functions would be indicated by tsh, t4, T3 (liothyronine) levels. Thyroid ultrasound would look for nodules. There is no treatment for the autoimmune part, but abnormal thyroid function or nodules can be treated. ...Read more

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If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

Autoimmune thyroid: Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies. Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab. ...Read more

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I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

Not necessarily: Euthyroid means that at the moment you do not have biochemical hypo or hyperthyroidism. Not everyone with positive thyroid antibodies develops autoimmune thyroid disease. However, given that we know that your antibodies are positive, i would have your thyroid tests monitored regularly. How often depends on your doctors opinion. I monitor people like you twice early. ...Read more

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I have either autoimmune pandysautonomia or paraneoplastic syndrome. My anti striational antibody was positive. I have metastatic thyroid ca. Which?

I have either autoimmune pandysautonomia or paraneoplastic syndrome. My anti striational antibody was positive. I have metastatic  thyroid ca. Which?

Complicated: Could be either, and to complicate matters dysautonomia can be cause by a paraneoplastic phenomenon. Either way the primary focus is to first treat the metastqatic thyroid ca and see how the dysautonomia progresses (and hopefully improves). ...Read more

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What's best treatment for autoimmune thyroid disease and how is the treatment different than typical hypothyroidism?

Most often none: Most often the autoimmune process is not treated. We treat hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism as those are the important consequences of the process. Treating the process itself with immune suppression is theoretically possible, but not done as such treatments can have serious consequences and in thyroid disease do not offer advantages. The only exception is graves' disease with ocular complication. ...Read more

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Why would autoimmune disorders make the thyroid gland produce excessive thyroxine?

Why would autoimmune disorders make the thyroid gland produce excessive thyroxine?

Antibodies: Some auto-antibodies sit on the thyroid cells and make them over produce thyroid hormone. Other autoantibodies can cause the exact opposite. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more