Q & A EPISODE
Can Viruses Directly Harm the Thyroid Gland?
In past episodes, I’ve discussed the impact of viruses such as Epstein-Barr on the immune system. The same viruses can also impact the thyroid gland, both directly and indirectly.
As usual, I dove into research around this, and today I’m sharing three research studies, breaking down how they were designed and exploring the results they found.
During this episode, you’ll learn:
- Whether viruses are possible triggers of autoimmune thyroid disease
- The most common viruses that were identified in patients undergoing thyroid surgery
- Cytomegalovirus as a causative agent of thyroiditis
- People with compromised immune systems are more susceptible
- The direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on thyroid health
As always, I hope you found this episode valuable, and I look forward to catching you in the next episode!
Mentioned in this episode
- Weider, Therese et al. “High Prevalence of Common Human Viruses in Thyroid Tissue.” Frontiers in endocrinology vol. 13 938633. 14 Jul. 2022
- Larouche, V, and M Tamilia. “Cytomegalovirus-mononucleosis-induced thyroiditis in an immunocompetent patient.” Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism case reports vol. 2017 17-0142. 24 Nov. 2017
- Çabuk SA, Cevher AZ, Küçükardalı Y. Thyroid Function During and After COVID-19 Infection: A Review. touchREV Endocrinol. 2022;18(1):58-62
- Save My Thyroid | Q&A Episode: COVID-19 and Hyperthyroidism
- Save My Thyroid | Episode 36: Can Epstein-Barr Trigger Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s?
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