Hashimoto's thyroiditis in childhood: presentation modes and evolution over time
Department of Pediatrics, University of Messina, Padiglione NI Policlinico Universitario, Via Consolare Valeria, 98125, Messina, Italy
Italian Journal of Pediatrics 2013, 39:8 doi:10.1186/1824-7288-39-8Published: 30 January 2013
Aim of this survey is to report the most recent views about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) natural history according to the different presentations. In children presenting with either euthyroidism or subclinical hypothyroidism HT spontaneous course is frequently characterized by a trend towards deterioration of thyroid function, whereas in those presenting with overt hyperthyroidism a definitive resolution of hyperthyroid phase is to be expected. Another possible even though unusual outcome of HT is the conversion to Graves’ disease.