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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 68-72

Ayurvedic management of subacute thyroiditis: A case report

1 Clinical Research, Central Ayurveda Research Institute, CCRAS, Bengaluru, India
2 WCD Vertical, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Shashidhar H Doddamani
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DOI: 10.4103/jacr.jacr_65_20

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Subacute Thyroiditis (SAT) is an acute inflammatory disorder presumed to be caused by a viral infection or a postviral inflammatory process. Autoimmunity may play a secondary role in this disorder. Although, SAT is a self-limiting condition associated with a tri-phasic clinical course of hyper, hypo, and euthyroidism. It is a rare clinical entity involving symptoms such as fever, upper respiratory tract infection, and thyroid tenderness. Diagnosis is based on clinical findings and laboratory reports. A 23-year-old male with the symptoms of hyperthyroidism was under the consultation of endocrinologist, who prescribed medicines. However, the patient was reluctant to take allopathic medicine and approached for Ayurvedic intervention. After basic examinations, he was prescribed with Trikatu churna, Shiva gutika and Arogya vardhini vati for one year with the intermittent gap. As the thyroid values fluctuate from hyper to hypo, it is often perplexing for a treating physician unless proper follow-up is done by the same physician. This paper aims at bringing awareness among clinicians regarding the condition “SAT” to instill confidence. Management of SAT involves the administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, thyroid hormone, and glucocorticoids. However, all these were avoided and were successfully managed with Ayurvedic medication. Such studies highlight the promising scope of traditional medicine in endocrinal disorders.

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