Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Directory
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an inherited thyroid disorder in which the body's immune cells mistakenly attack the thyroid gland. This attack damages thyroid cells and interferes with the gland's ability to produce thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone plays a crucial role in the health of nearly every cell in your body. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) in the United States. It is also the most common type of thyroid disease diagnosed. Women are seven times more likely to develop Hashimoto's thyroiditis than men. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about Hashimoto's thyroiditis, what they symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
Thyroid Problems -- Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnosis
Learn more from WebMD about the causes of different types of thyroid problems.
Hypothyroidism-Exams and Tests
A thorough medical history and physical exam are the first steps in diagnosing hypothyroidism or mild (subclinical) hypothyroidism. Learn more about diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Learn more about hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a condition that causes the body's defenses-or immune system-to produce antibodies that over time destroy thyroid tissue.
Most cases of hypothyroidism in the United States are caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which cannot be prevented.