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Are thyroid problems genetic?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
They can be: Most thyroid problems in the US are caused by auto-immunity, where the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belong to that person) and makes antibodies that target the thyroid protein(s). Auto-immune thyroid disease often does run in families, although family member may have different manifestations - goiter, nodules, too little or too much thyroid hormone.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Frequently: Thyroid problems do run in families.

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