Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease (a disease involving the immune system) in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland (a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck). When this happens, the thyroid gland cannot make thyroid hormone as well as it should. The body needs thyroid hormone for normal metabolism.
What are the symptoms and signs of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
Poor growth in children
Sensitivity to cold temperatures
Dry, rough skin and hair
Unusual hair loss
Irregular or heavy periods (in girls)
Slow heart rate
Large thyroid gland (goiter)
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