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What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

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Also called Hashimoto's disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease, a disorder in which the immune system turns against the body's own tissues. In people with Hashimoto's, the immune system attacks the thyroid. This can lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid does not make enough hormones for the body's needs.

From: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hashimoto's Disease."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

WomensHealth.gov: "Hashimoto's Disease: Frequently Asked Questions."

Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute: "Iodine."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Endocrinology Health Guide: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hashimoto's Disease."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

WomensHealth.gov: "Hashimoto's Disease: Frequently Asked Questions."

Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute: "Iodine."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Endocrinology Health Guide: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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