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Misdiagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Misdiagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

A diagnosis of Hashimoto's disease may be delayed or missed because many people have no symptoms. If Hashimoto's disease leads to hypothyroidism, symptoms can develop. However, early symptoms, such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle aches, and weakness, and dry thinning hear can be ambiguous and/or mild. These symptoms are similar to symptoms of other conditions, such as aging, excessive exercise or lack of exercise, perimenopause, and cold weather. Because of this many physicians and other health care providers will routinely screen people at risk, such as women over the age of 30 for the disease....more about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis »

Alternative diagnoses list for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:

For a diagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:

  • Lymphoma - lymphoma may be initially misdiagnosed as Hashimoto's but subsequent tests usually cause the doctor to correct this.

Diseases for which Hashimoto's Thyroiditis may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis may include these medical conditions:

  • Family history of thyroid disorders is common, with HLA-DR5 gene most strongly implicated
  • The incidence is increased in patients with chromosomal disorders, including Turner's syndrome, Down's syndrome and Klinefelter's syndrome
  • more causes...»

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:

It is also important to know that too much thyroid replacement hormone can mimic the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. This is a condition that occurs from overproduction of thyroid hormones. These symptoms include insomnia, irritability, weight loss without dieting, heat sensitivity, increased perspiration, thinning of your skin, fine or brittle hair, muscular weakness, eye changes, lighter menstrual flow, rapid heart beat and hand tremors. (Source: excerpt from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: NWHIC)

Common Misdiagnoses and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases in this group include multiple sclerosis, lupus, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes - all of these can have vague symptoms in their early presentations. Also, depression can have some symptoms similar to these conditions, and also the reverse, that many of these conditions can mimic depression and be misdiagnosed as depression.

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas there are many other less severe possibilities. Some level of memory decline is normal with aging, and even a slight loss of acuity may be noticed in the 30's and 40's. Other conditions can also lead a person to show greater forgetfulness. For example, depression and depressive disorders can cause a person to have reduced concentration and thereby poorer memory retention.

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs that the elderly patient may be taking. There are also various other possible causes of dementia.

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash with redness and warmth, but not necessarily a physical breast lump. This type of breast cancer should be considered as an uncommon possibility for certain types of breast symptoms.

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which is mostly harmless. see the various causes of tremor and misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age 50. See misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Thyroid disorders greatly under-diagnosed: One study found that about 10% of people had undiagnosed thyroid disorders, mostly hyperthyroidism, but also hypothyroidism. The symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mild, making the symptoms easy to overlook, or misdiagnose as another less serious condition. See symptoms of thyroid disorders or misdiagnosis of thyroid disorders.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or confirming a diagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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