Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism  - CMEZ-PH162

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.6 / 29 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


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 and dietary managers, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, and physicians.
Physicians: 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.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

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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Racheal P - Brighton, CO  ·  Feb 11, 2018
great! very informative will apply knowledge from this CEU
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