Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis

Subacute Granulomatous (Giant Cell) Thyroiditis is likely resulted from a virus, that starts more abruptly, than Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This disorder frequently follows a viral infection and starts with a sore throat, but actually provides the neck pain to be localized through the person’s thyroid.

The thyroid gland becomes significantly tender, and the individual usually develops a low grad fever (99-101 degrees) The pain can shift from 1 side of the person’s neck to another; spreading to the ears and jaws, and create more pain, when the person swallows or when his or her head is turned.

Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis is frequently mistaken at the beginning for an ear or throat infections, or dentalSubacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis problems. Inflammation generally results in the thyroid hormones excess, causing hyperthyroidism, mostly followed by transient hypothyroidism. Many individuals , who have subacute granulomatous thyroiditis, feel very tired.

Most individuals recover entirely from such type of thyroiditis. Usually, the condition goes away by itself within several months, but in some cases, it comes back or, very rarely, damages enough of the thyroid gland to cause permanent hypothyroidism.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may relieve inflammation and pain. In extremely severe cases of Subacute Granulomatous Thyroiditis, a doctor can prescribe a corticosteroid such as prednisone, which must be tapered off over six to eight weeks. When corticosteroid is discontinued suddenly, the symptoms frequently return back in full force.


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