Autoimmune Thyroiditis

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  • Chronic Thyroiditis
  • Goitrous autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Grave's disease
  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Hashimoto's syndrome
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Lymphadenoid goiter
  • Postpartum thyroiditis
  • Struma lymphomatosa

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Autoimmune thyroiditis (AT), also known as Hashimoto's disease, is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the thyroid gland that is caused by abnormal blood antibodies and white blood cells that mistakenly attack and damage healthy thyroid cells. It is a progressive disease that may destroy the thyroid gland, causing thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism). Autoimmune thyroiditis presents with various combinations of symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. This disease can occur at any age, but is most often seen in middle-aged women. In rare cases, it may be associated with other autoimmune endocrine disorders.

Supporting Organizations

American Autoimmune & Related Diseases

22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Tel: (586)776-3900
Fax: (586)776-3903
Tel: (800)598-4668

AutoImmunity Community


Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.

PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 8723
Fax: (732)543-7285

European Society for Immunodeficiencies

1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Tel: 410229080484
Fax: 41229069140

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311

Hormone Health Network Endocrine Society

2055 L Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)971-3636
Fax: (202)736-9705
Tel: (888)363-6274

Hypoparathyroidism Association, Inc.

PO Box 2258
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Tel: (208)524-3857
Fax: (205)524-3857
Tel: (866)213-0394

International Scleroderma Network

7455 France Ave So #266
Edina, MN 55435-4702
Tel: (952)583-5735
Tel: (800)564-7099

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Tel: (301)496-3583

Thyroid Foundation of Canada

P.O. Box 298
Bath ON K0H 1G0,
Fax: 5146309815
Tel: 8002678822

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Last Updated:  12/26/1969
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