Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism - RD185

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Common Cause of Hypothyroidism

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.6 / 46 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2060, 3000, 3005, 3060, 3070, 3090, 5000, 5120 and learning codes 6.2.5, 8.2.1, 8.2.4, 8.1.1, 8.3.1, 8.3.7, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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.


For Florida professionals:

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Lauren T - Gilbert, AZ  ·  May 21, 2019
Good information very prevalent with the population I work with
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MARCI C - Santa Cruz, CA  ·  Feb 04, 2019
Good overview, easy read and update on Hashimotos
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Marie D - Rolling Meadows, IL  ·  Nov 26, 2018
Would have liked more detail on nutrition intervention.
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Bendra C - Tucson, AZ  ·  Sep 28, 2018
This course has great information and will help me provide more details to our patients.
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Shelby B - Dallas, TX  ·  Aug 03, 2018
I took this course because a friend of mine was recently diagnosed. This course was very thorough and helpful for understanding the entirety of the disease.
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Price: $20.00
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