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How does hashimoto's thyroiditis develop?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Very nicely and comprehensively put!
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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