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A 32-year-old member asked:

does hypothyroidism affect growth?

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Dr. Carly Kelley
Endocrinology 12 years experience
Thyroid and growth: Hypothyroidism in childhood does affect growth (slows it down) and so it should definitely be treated as soon as detected.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Sometimes: Hypothyroidism can cause slow growth because the thyroid gland because thyroid hormone, which is necessary to support normal growth.Thyroid hormone can also interact with growth hormone.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Can hypothyroidism be cured?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not usually: Occasionally, hypothyroidism is caused by a temporary condition such as thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Such cases usually do resolve, and the thyroid goes back to making normal amounts of thyroid hormone. Most of the time, however, the thyroid gland makes less and less thyroid hormone over time, and lifelong treatment with thyroid hormone is needed.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Can you have a stroke from hypothyroidism?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Generally not: Hypothyroidism, if treated properly, shouldn't cause any problems. If you suspect hypothyroidism, see your pcp. If you have it, take your medicines as prescribed and keep routine follow up appointments for follow up lab work. Stroke is basically not problem with this disease, and would only be possible in severe and untreated hypothyroidism. Best wishes.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Lab work: You can diagnose hypothyroid by the combination of symptoms, physical signs, and most importantly, lab works.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is hypothyroidism hereditary?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Sometimes: Depends on the cause of your hypothyroidism. Congenital hypothyroidism (since birth) is less hereditable than acquired (latter in life) hypothyridism.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is hypothyroidism incurable?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: Hypothyroid is very curable. As long as you take the right amount of thyroid hormone replacement, you should not be hypothyroid anymore.

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