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What is Hashimoto's disease?

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-- Breathing problems

WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK CARE

If you have any of the above symptoms, your health care provider may recommend you undergo a thyroid function testing and sometimes ultrasound to evaluate your thyroid gland and nodule size. In certain instances, a rapidly enlarging thyroid gland can be related to thyroid lymphoma, which is an uncommon, yet highly treatable form of thyroid cancer. Furthermore, Hashimoto's disease also can be associated with other autoimmune disorders, such as:

-- Type 1 diabetes

-- Vitiligo

-- Gluten sensitivity

-- Rheumatoid arthritis

-- Addison's disease or pernicious anemia

DIAGNOSIS

Generally, Hashimoto's disease is diagnosed using laboratory testing. Decreased thyroid function and increased thyroid antibody levels (thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies) are usually adequate to establish a diagnosis.

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