Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lymphocytic Thyroiditis Underlying Cause

The cause for lymphocytic thyroiditis is unknown. For some reason, the immune system, which normally fights infection, mistakenly attacks thyroid cells. Lymphocytes, which are part of the immune system, collect in the thyroid gland.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lymphocytic Thyroiditis References
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