Silent Thyroiditis

The silent form of thyroiditis is so named because it’s tricky to diagnose and often avoids detection until symptoms become severe. It is debatable whether this is a unique type of thyroiditis or a type of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that is not associated with a goiter. Since most forms of autoimmune thyroiditis that present with lymphocytes […]

Postpartum Thyroiditis

Postpartum thyroiditis is a general label referring to silent thyroiditis after delivery, which causes mild hyperthyroidism, and a short-lived Hashimoto’s-type of thyroiditis that causes mild hypothyroidism. Women with thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies are more likely to experience postpartum thyroiditis. Until quite recently, the mild hypothyroid and mild thyrotoxicosis symptoms were simply attributed to the symptoms […]

Acute Suppurative Thyroiditis

Also known simply as acute bacterial thyroiditis, acute supperative thyroiditis is a very rare condition—so rare that even thyroid specialists may never see a single case in their career. When it does occur, it’s usually seen in children. The term suppurative refers to the presence of bacteria and pus; in this condition, the thyroid gland […]

Riedels Thyroiditis

Riedel’s thyroiditis is the rarest form of thyroiditis. In this condition the thyroid gland is infiltrated by scar tissue throughout the gland, which binds it to surrounding portions of the neck. The thyroid will feel tender and become very hard like wood. Hence, the terms ligneous (woody) or fi brous (scar tissue) thyroiditis are also […]