Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. It may be painful and tender when caused by an infection or trauma, or painless when caused by an autoimmune condition or medications.
There are several types of thyroiditis. The most common forms are:
- Hashimoto's disease
- Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis
- Postpartum thyroiditis
- Subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis
- Drug induced thyroiditis
Most forms of thyroiditis result in three phases: overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), and return to normal.
When the thyroid is inflamed, it often releases to much thyroid hormone, causing hyperthyroidism. Then, when there is no more thyroid hormone to release, the body doesn't have enough, causing hypothyroidism.
Young to middle aged women are at greatest risk. However, some forms of thyroiditis happen in both men and women of all ages. Sometimes, you may develop hypothyroidism years later, even if the thyroiditis was treated.
Signs and Symptoms
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