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Recurrent thyroiditis: Rare but resistant

 Department of Endocrinology, Ms Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Pramila Kalra,
Department of Endocrinology, M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru - 560 054, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_9_21

Recurrent thyroiditis is defined as a repeat attack of subacute thyroiditis. The recurrence rates may vary from 1.4% to 20%. The recurrence may happen at any time ranging from weeks to years after the first episode. The patients with recurrent thyroiditis not responding to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may require steroids. The recovery to euthyroidism is mostly complete but a small percent may develop transient and less commonly permanent hypothyroidism. The mainstay of treatment is medical therapy but surgery may be needed in resistant cases.

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