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What is autoimmune thyroiditis?

Autoimmune thyroiditis is also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in areas where people get enough iodine in the diet (for example, North America and most of Europe). The majority of patients with Hashimoto's have antibodies to thyroglobulin (Anti-TG Ab) and/or thyroid peroxidase (Anti-TPO Ab). These antibodies cause destruction of thyroid cells which leads to fewer cells making thyroid hormone. Risk factors for Hashimoto's thyroiditis include female gender, personal history of other autoimmune diseases, and a family history of autoimmune thyroiditis or other autoimmune diseases.  AAES Admin as American Association of Endocrine Surgeons website.

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