Hashimoto's disease (chronic thyroiditis)
Chronic thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease) is a slowly developing persistent inflammation of the thyroid, which frequently leads to hypothyroidism, a decreased function of the thyroid gland. Middle-aged women are most commonly affected.
Brent Wisse, MD, board certified in Metabolism/Endocrinology, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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