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November 1958

Acute Nonsuppurative Thyroiditis: A Report of Twelve Cases and a Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Medicine and the Thyroid Clinic of St. Luke's Hospital.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(5):747-760. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260220063006

During the last five years there has been an increased interest in acute nonsuppurative thyroiditis and, concomitantly, an increased number of accurately diagnosed cases. Whether this can be accounted for by more astute observation and the availability of better diagnostic methods or whether this represents an actual increase in the occurrence of this disease is difficult to evaluate.

Owing to the possibility of an infectious etiology of acute nonsuppurative thyroiditis, the occurrence of four cases in patients living within the area serviced by a 700-bed hospital within a period of 45 days lead me to review the documented cases of this disease seen in the hospital during the last five years. The findings of this study and a review of the literature form the basis of this article.

Material and Results  From June, 1952, to June, 1957, twelve adequately documented cases of acute nonsuppurative thyroiditis were treated as inpatients at