Giant cell thyroiditis

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Giant cell thyroiditis --> subacute granulomatous thyroiditis

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: de quervains thyroiditis, giant cell thyroiditis.