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Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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The autoimmune disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common form of thyroiditis - it accounts for about 80 percent of all cases of thyroiditis. Women are nine times more likely to have Hashimoto's thyroiditis than men. In most cases, the disease occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 years. Read more about causes, diagnosis and treatment of Hashimoto's thyroiditis here!

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. E06ArtikelübersichtHashimoto's thyroiditis

  • Two courses
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis: cause
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis: symptoms
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis: diagnosis
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis: therapy
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis: prognosis

Two courses

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, chronic thyroiditis Hashimoto or (more rarely) Hashimoto's disease. Sometimes you also come across the terms autoimmune thyroiditis, Hashimoto syndrome, Hashimoto's disease or the short name Hashimoto.

There are two forms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis:

  • The classical form enlarges the thyroid gland (goitre formation), but loses its function.
  • In the atrophic form thyroid tissue is destroyed and the organ stunted.

In Germany, the atrophic form of Hashimoto's thyroiditis is more frequently observed than the classical form.

What is hypothyroidism? When the thyroid gland goes on strike, there are several reasons. See in this video, which. If the thyroid is on strike, it can have different reasons. Watch this video for what. To the table of contents

Hashimoto's thyroiditis: cause

The thyroid disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis is autoimmune conditioned, that is: The body begins here for unknown reasons antibodies against proteins of the thyroid gland to form. This leads to a chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. In the long term, the constantly inflamed thyroid tissue can be destroyed, resulting in hyperthyroidism (hypothyroidism). In fact, Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the leading cause of hypothyroidism.

Since Hashimoto's thyroiditis can occur in families, experts suspect that there is a genetic predisposition to the disease.

Also a role in the disease development apparently plays the liver inflammation of type C (hepatitis C).

Sometimes patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis additionally suffer from other autoimmune diseases such as Addison's disease, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease or a severe form of anemia (pernicious anemia).

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