Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism  - CHES162

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.4 / 40 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder, results in destruction of the thyroid gland and symptoms of hypothyroidism, and is about 10 times more common in women than men and usually occurs between ages 40 to 60. It is characterized by the presence of lymphocytes in the thyroid gland and a positive test for antibodies to thyroperoxidase and thyroglobulin. Once patients progress to overt hypothyroidism, treatment must be initiated with levothyroxine to restore hormone levels. Levothyroxine has a narrow therapeutic-to-toxic window and must be monitored accordingly. Undertreatment can result in complications including bradycardia, constipation, coronary artery disease, anemia, and infertility. However, overtreatment can result in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and atrial fibrillation. This highlights the integral role that healthcare professionals have in the proper management and treatment.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the epidemiology, etiology, presentation, identification, and treatment of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the pathogenesis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Recognize different variants of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Understand proper treatment strategies for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Identify proper monitoring techniques for effective levothyroxine treatment

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, and physicians.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com/ and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 1/17/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/19/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/19/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Debbie C - Elmont, NY  ·  May 07, 2019
Very informative course.
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Jo Ann C - Dunedin, FL  ·  Jan 20, 2019
Good review. I have thyroid disease & found this course very interesting.
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Chasity S - Elkton, VA  ·  Nov 18, 2018
very helpful for an ent setting for surgical stand point
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Denise D - Havertown, PA  ·  Jul 09, 2018
Very in depth and informative
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LYNETTE P - Dallas, PA  ·  May 15, 2018
very informative regarding this condition
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