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Hyperthyroidism Genetic Causes
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most are: Hashimoto's and graves disease are classic hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectfully and are autoimmune in nature. You inherit and hla antigen which predisposes you to their development from your parents. You may never develop disorder. Of course if you remove your thyroid, you would have a low thyroid condition, in addition there are multiple drugs that can contribute to thyroid dysfunction. ...Read more
Some: Some of the rare types are, but for the most part, the autoimmune thyroid diseases are not so much inherited, but the tendency toward developing thyroiditis is. So, if you have a parent or sibling with autoimmune thyroiditis, your risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease is higher than that of the general population, but you don't actually inherit the thyroid disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not directly: Thyroid disease is usually caused by autoimmunity, where the immune system make abnormal antibodies that target someone's own proteins. People with one autoimmune condition may have others, including a situation where antibodies target melanin-proding cells in hair follicles leading to hairs without pigment (white or gray). ...Read more
Three main causes: Hi. The three main causes of thyroid disorders are: 1) autoimmunity, 2) neoplasia, and 3) trivially, thyroid surgery (usually done because of #2). Autoimmunity can cause hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Neoplasia can be benign, malignant, or can cause hyperthyroidism (hyperthyroid nodules are always benign; reportable otherwise). Surgery to remove the thyroid (usually for cancer) is trivial. ...Read more
What could cause disorders of glutamate metabolism besides genetic causes? Viruses? Heavy metals? Pancreas/liver problems?
Primarily genetic: Almost totally genetic. Why do you believe you have a disorder in glutamate metabolism? ...Read more
A few things: Often genetic abnormalities arise spontaneously. Some are due to genetic problems that are passed down in family lines. Some are due to the way the chromosomes from sperm and egg meet and form in an embryo. Lastly, some can be due to exposure radiation which can damage genes. If you're worried that your fetus might have abnormality, you can discuss with geneticist to understand risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Refsum's disease : The following link is a comprehensive review of Refum's disease by the nih. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/refsum-disease ...Read more
Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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