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* Not a rare disease
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Autoimmune thyroiditis
- Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis
- Hashimoto's disease
- Hashimoto's struma
- Thyroiditis, chronic
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thyroid gland. The inflammation results in damage to the thyroid gland and reduced thyroid function or “hypothyroidism,” meaning the gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone for the needs of the body. Symptoms of Hashimoto’s syndrome may include goiter, a feeling of fullness in the throat, tiredness, weight gain, cold intolerance, and a slowed heart rate. Hashimoto’s syndrome is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is more common in women than in men, and it commonly appears between age 40 and age 60. A person with Hashimoto’s syndrome may not always need treatment. When it is needed, the condition is treated with synthetic thyroid hormone.Hashimoto’s syndrome is a form of chronic inflammation of the
Last updated: 12/15/2010
- Hashimoto's Disease. National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service. May 2009; http://endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/Hashimoto/index.htm. Accessed 7/6/2009.
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- Genetics Home Reference contains information on Hashimoto's syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic. Click on the link to view this information.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition. Click on the link to view the information.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view the information on this topic.
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- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view this information. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Hashimoto's syndrome. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hashimoto's syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.