giant cell thyroiditis -->
subacute granulomatous thyroiditis
medical dictionary

Thyroiditis with round cell (usually lymphocytes) infiltration, destruction of thyroid cells, epithelial giant cell proliferation, and evidence of regeneration; thought by some to be a reflection of a systemic infection and not an example of true chronic thyroiditis.

Synonyms: de Quervain's thyroiditis, giant cell thyroiditis.

(05 Mar 2000)