What is the prognosis of subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Occasionally, patients have recurrent episodes of painless thyrotoxicosis. [22] No treatment exists to prevent the recurrences except subtotal thyroidectomy. However, this condition generally resolves completely in more than 90-95% of patients. Patients with goiters or permanent thyroid dysfunction should be monitored with a thyroid examination and thyroid function tests every 6 months.


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