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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Alternate Names : Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis

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

How is the disease diagnosed?

The doctor will take a medical history and complete a physical examination. He or she will usually order blood tests, including:

  • thyroid function tests
  • a complete blood count, also known as CBC
  • Additional blood tests or special X-ray tests can usually confirm the diagnosis of Hashimoto thyroiditis.

    Sometimes a thyroid fine needle biopsy may be needed. To do a biopsy, the doctor will take a small sample of the thyroid gland with a special needle that he or she inserts through the skin. The doctor can look at this sample under a microscope to make the diagnosis.

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    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Prevention & Expectations

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

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