FRANZ U. STEINBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis has been described by many names. Commonly used synonyms are: giant cell thyroiditis, pseudotuberculous thyroiditis, acute simple thyroiditis, acute nonsuppurative thyroiditis and de Quervain's thyroiditis. While the onset is acute, the disease may run a variable course of indefinite duration. Chronic granulomatous thyroiditis, which some authors have described as a separate disease entity, is but a long-term variant of subacute thyroiditis.
The cause of the disease is uncertain. It must be distinguished from bacterial thyroiditis, which takes a very acute course, and may or may not lead to suppuration within the gland.
Early observers made no
STEINBERG FU. SUBACUTE GRANULOMATOUS THYROIDITIS: A REVIEW1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;52:1014–1025. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-5-1014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;52(5):1014-1025.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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