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A 29-year-old female asked:

What causes hashimotos? i only found out i have it cause i had post partum thyroiditis. one of the antibodies was slightly positive. tsh normal.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Auto-immune: This is an auto-immune disease and we don't have a good answer as to the cause. We do know that women are much more likely to get auto-immune diseases. Sorry can't be of more help.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
Autoimmune: This is considered an autoimmune disorder and eventually most will end up with low thyroid function. However the antibody titers , when the disease is active, should be more than slightly positive.
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Dr. Alan Feldman
43 years experience
Autoimmune: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause for hypothyroidism. It is a disorder in which the immune system is attacking the thyroid. It is not unusual for it to appear after pregnancy. TPO antibodies are typically abnormal, but not always. It typically runs along the female side of the family. There is no particular treatment unless the TSH becomes elevated.
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Last updated Dec 21, 2017

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