Monday, October 28, 2013

Hashimoto's & Graves' disease mnemonic

In Hashimoto’s disease, there are antibodies against thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and/or thyroglobulin.
It is the most common cause of primary hypothyroidism.

In Graves’ disease, there are antibodies against thyrotropin receptor (TSH receptor) also known as Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI).
It is the most common cause of primary hyperthyroidism.

Both are autoimmune diseases related to the thyroid gland, but you can get the names mixed up.

Remember, hashimOtO has O for hypOthyroidism.
gRavEs' has E & R hypERthyroidism.

(If you stare at something long enough, you find the mnemonic in the word :P )



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