PHT 136: Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Are Epstein Barr Virus and Parasites the Cause?

Autoimmune thyroid diseases are the most common of the autoimmune diseases affecting industrialized societies.  In addition, research is demonstrating their prevalence to be rising.  In an attempt to pursue this phenomenon, today we discuss new literature associating EBV and parasites with Graves’ and Hashimoto’s.  In addition, we will discuss other factors which may be associated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease.

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