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subacute granulomatous thyroiditis

 

Definition: thyroiditis with round cell (usually lymphocytes) infiltration, destruction of thyroid cells, epithelial giant cell proliferation, and evidence of regeneration; thought by some to be a reflection of a systemic infection and not an example of true chronic thyroiditis.

Synonym(s): de Quervain thyroiditis, giant cell thyroiditis

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