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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Alternate Names : Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the disease?

Treatment generally focuses on managing the level of thyroid hormone. If the level is low, as it is in most cases, the doctor will prescribe thyroid hormone pills. If the thyroid level is high, the doctor will prescribe medicines that block thyroid hormone from working in the body. Rarely, surgery may be needed if the thyroid gland gets too big.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

All medicines have side effects. If too much thyroid medicine is given, the levels can become toxic. Medicines used to treat abnormal thyroid levels may cause:

  • allergic reactions
  • stomach upset
  • other side effects
  • Surgery carries the following risks:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  • What happens after treatment for the disease?

    A person with Hashimoto thyroiditis often requires monitoring and treatment for life.

    How is the disease monitored?

    Periodic thyroid function tests and visits to the doctor are recommended to monitor the course of the disease. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor as well.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
    Date Reviewed: 01/31/02

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