What Should We Know About Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis?

Q:
What should we know about chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis?

A:
Chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, also called hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed.

The exact cause of chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is unknown, but there do exist several factors that may cause it:

  • Genes: People who have a family history of throid disease or other autoimmune diseases have a higher risk of developing chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis.
  • Excessive iodine: Certain drugs and too much iodine may trigger thyroid disease in susceptible people.
  • Hormones: For example, the sex hormones. During the first year after having a baby, some women may have thyroid problems.
  • Radiation exposure

People with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis may have symptoms like weight gain, joint and muscle pain, constipation, hair loss or brittle hair, irregular menstrual periods, depression, slowed heart rate. Women with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis even have difficulty getting pregnant.

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