Trial shows thyroidectomy is effective for Hashimoto disease

Total thyroidectomy removes the antigenic tissue and can lead to a cure, researcher says

Thyroidectomy is more effective than medical management for relieving persistent symptoms in euthyroid patients with Hashimoto disease, according to results from a Norwegian trial.

diagram of thyroid gland in the neck

"Thyroidectomy should be the standard of care when the patient still has autoimmune symptoms persisting in a euthyroid state," Dr Ivar Guldvog from Telemark Hospital, in Skien, said. "The main reason is that there is no alternative."

Persistent symptoms in patients with Hashimoto disease who remain euthyroid during levothyroxine supplementation are