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Hashimoto thyroiditis — also known as Hashimoto’s disease or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis — is an autoimmune condition, meaning antibodies from a person’s own immune system attack a part of the body. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the target of the antibodies is the thyroid gland

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that controls metabolism. Unlike in Graves disease, in which antibodies stimulate the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormones (a condition known as hyperthyroidism), Hashimoto’s disease starts with a short period of hyperthyroidism and ends with low thyroid function. This is known as hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid.


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