AUTOIMMUNITY part 30

Immune 4

 

Case 3. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis :

Type IV Autoimmune disease

COMMENT

The cause of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is unknown. There are familial linkages (as seen in this patient). Other conditions that may predispose to Hashimoto’s are physical stress, radiation, viral infection, increased iodine, medications (most notably amiodarone, lithium, and interferon-α), other autoimmune  diseases (most notably sjogren syndrome), female gender andm pregnancy.

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