Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Thyroid gland is impacted

What three letters combined tell the thyroid to make T4? TSH

It all starts when immune cells weaken the good tissue in the thyroid gland (not on purpose), as opposed to defending it. Hashimoto's thyroiditis occurs when the brain sends signals (TSH- Thyroid stimulating hormone) to the thyroid telling it to make more hormones (T4). However, the thyroid can't so the signals just build up causing the thyroid gland to swell. The imbalance would be that the thyroid gland is making less T4, so to fix the shortage the brain sends out the signals.

Some Symptoms are...

  • A Goiter (which is when the front-side of your neck gets bigger)
  • Gaining weight
  • Becoming tired
  • Skin becoming dry


To care for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis the thyroid hormone is usually replaced. After this occurs the huge thyroid becomes smaller, which you can get pills for.


Nandini Patel--Period 8/9