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Subacute, silent, and postpartum thyroiditis.

Subacute, silent, and postpartum thyroiditis are temporary forms of thyroid dysfunction caused by thyroid gland inflammation. They classically present with a triphasic course: a brief period of thyrotoxicosis due to release of preformed thyroid hormone that lasts for 1 to 3 months, followed by a more prolonged hypothyroid phase lasting up to 6 months, and eventual return to a euthyroid state. However, the types and degree of thyroid dysfunction are variable in these disorders, and individual patients may present with mild or more severe cases of thyrotoxicosis alone, hypothyroidism alone, or both types of thyroid dysfunction.

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