MICHAEL BORNEMANN, M.D.
To the editor: Thyroiditis is most often caused by infection or autoimmune mechanisms although other causes that have been implicated include radiation (1) and trauma (martial arts thyroiditis) (2). The following case report supports a traumatic mechanism causing thyroiditis and adds another hazard to the long list of injuries related to seat belt use.
A 64-year-old man was taking cimetidine for reflux esophagitis and clonidine for hypertension but was otherwise in good health. He purchased a used, late model American car. He noticed that the shoulder harness of the driver's seat belt seemed tauter than usual, and after several weeks
BORNEMANN M. Thyroiditis from a Seat Belt?. Ann Intern Med. ;108:641. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-641_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):641.
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