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is focal chronic autoimmune thyroiditis an age-related disease?

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Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience Endocrinology
No: Autoimmune thyroiditis can occur in young children, adolescents and adults of any age. We see it most often in children who have a family history of that condition. In many children that we have seen, it was mild but symptomatic enough that their mother recognized the condition and sought treatment. Even with mild disease in children the treatment can have profound benefits.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: It can happen at any age.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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