Does Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Cause Other Diseases?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What other diseases are linked to Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Is there a link with kidney stone disease?

Doctor's response

Diseases that have been associated with Hashimoto's (autoimmune) thyroiditis include rare lymphomas of the thyroid gland, primary pulmonary hypertension, and a variety of other autoimmune disorders.

Automimmune disorders that occur with increased frequency in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis include insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, myasthenia gravis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, primary biliary cirrhosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, and Sjogren's syndrome.

Kidney stones occur in greater frequency in patients with Sjogren's syndrome.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018