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De Quervain’s (subacute) thyroiditis overview

Published: July 08, 2009. Updated: August 09, 2009

De Quervain's thyroiditis is a subacute inflammation of the thyroid believed to be of viral cause.

De Quervain's thyroiditis is characterized by

  • Premonitory symptoms in many patients.
  • Characteristic pattern of thyroid dysfunction: transient hyperthyroidism lasting 2-8 weeks followed by several weeks of hypothyroidism and then a return to normal.
  • Most patients have severe pain in the gland and it is exquisitely tender and woody hard and moderately enlarged.


Disease is self limited.

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