Which physical findings are characteristic 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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All conditions described are associated with thyrotoxicosis and the signs and symptoms of hypermetabolism. None of the forms of subacute thyroiditis is associated with the thyroid eye disease observed primarily with Graves hyperthyroidism. The presence of bilateral proptosis and chemosis with high thyroid hormone levels and goiter is highly suggestive of Graves disease.


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