The body produces antibodies to protect us from outside organisms, but occasionally it can work aga...
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The body produces antibodies to protect us from outside organisms, but occasionally it can work against one of its own organs. The thyroid gland is an organ sometimes attacked by antibodies. When antibodies attack the thyroid gland, the resulting condition is called Hashimoto's thyroiditis named after the Japanese surgeon, Hakaru Hashimoto. In Hashimoto's disease, the thyroid gland is slowly destroyed, resulting in an enlargement of the gland, a lowering of thyroid function, and a reduced production of its important hormone, thyroxin. Surgical reduction or removal of the gland and medical replacement of thyroxin is the usual treatment.