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Hashimoto's Disease (cont.)

What about follow-up for Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

Thyroid hormone levels are usually checked every 6-12 weeks when the medication is actively being adjusted, and 6-12 months thereafter once stable. If side effects like those noted above are occurring, you should follow-up with your physician.

Can Hashimoto's thyroiditis be prevented?

There is nothing that can be done to prevent Hashimoto's thyroiditis from occurring.

What is the outlook for a person who has Hashimoto's thyroiditis?

The outlook for those with Hashimoto's thyroiditis is good. While long-term thyroid hormone replacement therapy will likely be needed, with regular blood tests and monitoring of symptoms, side effects are minimal and the long-term prognosis is good.

REFERENCE: Lee, S. MD. "Hashimoto Thyroiditis." Medscape. Sep 08, 2015.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/120937-overview<.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2016

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