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Subacute Thyroiditis Overview

Another name for Subacute Thyroiditis is De Quervain's Thyroiditis.

What is De Quervain's thyroiditis?
A person with thyroiditis has inflammation of the thyroid gland. De Quervain's thyroiditis is the most common cause of painful thyroid swelling. De Quervain's thyroiditis usually follows a viral infection, such as mumps, influenza, or a cold. The inflammation initially causes symptoms of hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid.

What are the symptoms of De Quervain's thyroiditis?
De Quervain's thyroiditis usually causes symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Common symptoms of De Quervain's thyroiditis include enlargement of the thyroid, fatigue, neck pain, neck tenderness and weakness. Less common symptoms include anxiety, blurry vision, absent menstrual periods, diarrhea, bulging eyes, excessive sweating, insomnia, and clubbing of the fingers.

How does the doctor treat De Quervain's thyroiditis?
Treatment for De Quervain's thyroiditis includes beta-blocker medication and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Subacute Thyroiditis References
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