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Int J Clin Pract. 2010 Jan;64(1):97-8. Epub 2007 Oct 23.

Subacute thyroiditis presenting as fever of unknown origin.


Subacute thyroiditis is a painful, inflammatory disease of the thyroid gland, probably of viral origin. It is an uncommon but important cause of fever of unknown origin (FUO). We report a case of a 72-year-old man who presented with a 1 month history of fever, headache and weakness, and in whom extensive evaluation only revealed subacute thyroiditis. He was treated with low-dose steroids and became asymptomatic after 2 weeks. In conclusion, when a patient presents with FUO, subacute thyroiditis should be considered as a possible cause even if classic features are absent.

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