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Hashimoto's syndrome

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Other Names for this Disease

  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis
  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Hashimoto's struma
  • Thyroiditis, chronic
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Overview

Hashimoto’s syndrome is a form of chronic inflammation of the 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.[1]
Last updated: 12/15/2010

References

  1. 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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Basic Information

  • 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.
  • The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TheDoctorsDoctor.com Web site has an information page on Hashimoto syndrome. Click on the link above to view the Web page.

In Depth Information

  • 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.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • 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.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis
  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Hashimoto's struma
  • Thyroiditis, chronic
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.