What Are the Causes and Risk Factors of Subacute Thyroiditis?


What is subacute thyroiditis and what causes it?


Subacute thyroiditis is a rare form of thyroiditis, which refers to the inflammation of thyroid glands. It can cause pain and discomfort in the thyroid. Patients with subacute thyroiditis may develop signs of hyperthyroidism and later have symptoms of hypothyroidism. If the condition is left untreated, it can cause permanent complications.

The cause of subacute thyroiditis is different from those that cause other types of thyroiditis. This form is considered to be associated with a viral infection. Due to the infection, the thyroid swells and can disrupt hormone production, breaking the balance of hormone levels. This leads to inflammation and various symptoms.

Women confront a greater risk of the disease than men. Most people developing it are aged 40 to 50. The disease usually begins with an upper respiratory infection, such as the flu or the mumps.


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