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Hashimoto's encephalitis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
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What causes Hashimoto's encephalitis?

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What causes Hashimoto's encephalitis?

The exact cause of Hashimoto's encephalitis (HE) is unknown, but is thought to relate to autoimmune or other autoinflammatory processes. While it is associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the exact nature of the relationship between the two conditions is unclear. It does not appear to be directly related to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.[1]
Last updated: 9/18/2014

References
  • Devon I Rubin. Hashimoto's encephalopathy. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; September, 2014; Accessed 9/18/2014.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Hashimoto's encephalopathy
  • Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.