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Is there a role for surgery in treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
Is there a role for surgery in treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? By: Jeffrey R. Garber, MD, FACP, FACE, Contributor Autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, mistakenly sensing them as foreign. When the body attacks thyroid gland tissue, it is known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, named after Japanese physician Dr. Haruko Hashimoto, who first described the illness in 1912. The condition is also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis.