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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the chances that the child will inherit hyperthyroidism from the mother?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 51 years experience
There is some...: There is increased risk of thyroid disease if it is present in the mother. However, it makes a difference what type of thyroid disease. Automimmune thyroiditis would increase the chance of some type of autoimmune disorder in the offspring. Hypothyroidism in elderly not likely any increased risk.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the chances that my child will get hyperthyroid like I am?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Higher risk: In general, when there is autoimmune thyroid disease in the family, the risk to family members is higher than that of the general population. However, if you have grave's disease, that doesn't mean your child will get it even if thyroid disease develops. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is also seen within families who have someone affected with grave's disease.
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