DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Swollen thyroid gland in the throat of a 41-year-old woman with thyroiditis. This is a multinodular goitre (swollen thyroid gland) in a case of autoimmune thyroiditis. In this condition, the patient's immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism (lowered thyroid function). Treatment involves the use of synthetic thyroid hormones.
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