Immune-mediated thyroiditis

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Immune-mediated thyroiditis (lymphocytic thyroiditis) is an immune-mediated disease of dogs characterized by lymphocytic inflammation of the thyroid gland resulting in secondary hypothyroidism.

Although some cases of thyroid failure may be of genetic origin due tocongenital anomalies of the thyroid gland or pituitary, acquired thyroid diseases are more frequently observed and lymphocytic thyroiditis is one of the leading causes[1].

Most canine cases involve serum antibodies against thyroid components.

References

  1. Graham PA et al (2007) Etiopathologic findings of canine hypothyroidism. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 37(4):617-631