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Are protruding eyes normal for anyone, or are they always thyroid disease?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not always thyroid

Normal for some people.
Concerning if just one side. I had one patient sent to me for possible thyroid disease because she had a protruding eye even though she had normal thyroid tests. I had her get an mri. Turns out she had a tumor behind her eye.

In brief: Not always thyroid

Normal for some people.
Concerning if just one side. I had one patient sent to me for possible thyroid disease because she had a protruding eye even though she had normal thyroid tests. I had her get an mri. Turns out she had a tumor behind her eye.
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Dr. Timothy Sullivan
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: One of main causes

Some people are born with protruding eyes.
Some genetic diseases cause protruding eyes, but thyroid is one of the main causes of protruding eyes because of increased thickening of the muscles which causes the eye to protrude.

In brief: One of main causes

Some people are born with protruding eyes.
Some genetic diseases cause protruding eyes, but thyroid is one of the main causes of protruding eyes because of increased thickening of the muscles which causes the eye to protrude.
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