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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is subacute thyroiditis?

Inflammation of the thyroid gland, causing high levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Common causes include virus infections e.g. after a flu.

Symptoms of subacute thyroiditis

  • Fever

  • Neck swelling

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Sore throat

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

Questions your doctor may ask to check for subacute thyroiditis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose subacute thyroiditis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have swelling on the front of your neck?

  • Do you have neck pain or stiffness?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for subacute thyroiditis

The most effective treatment is to reduce and quit drinking. A doctor may prescribe medications and refer for counseling to break the habit. Regular check-ups may be needed to monitor for complications such as permanent liver scarring, liver failure, and cancer.

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