What are forms of subacute thyroiditis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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In general, the following three forms of subacute thyroiditis are recognized:

  • Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis - Also known as subacute painful or de Quervain thyroiditis (see the image below) [1]

  • Subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis - Also known as subacute painless thyroiditis

  • Subacute postpartum thyroiditis

    Three multinucleated, giant cell granulomas observ Three multinucleated, giant cell granulomas observed in a fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid; from a patient with thyrotoxicosis resulting from subacute granulomatous thyroiditis.

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