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Regarding thyroid peroxidase antibodies, if I am positive, should my kids all be checked?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No.

Anti tpo ab are not inherited directly.
If your child develops signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism it might be reasonable to check a tsh, but not tpo.

In brief: No.

Anti tpo ab are not inherited directly.
If your child develops signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism it might be reasonable to check a tsh, but not tpo.
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: With symptoms

You have hashimoto's thyroid disease.
This disease can be passed on to your children. Hashimoto's can affect pregnancy and the ability to get pregnant as well as the development of the fetus. If your children are girls who are reaching reproductive age, i recommend checking tpo antibodies to make sure they don't have hashimoto's. Having this diagnosis change the management, ie: TSH < 2 is better.

In brief: With symptoms

You have hashimoto's thyroid disease.
This disease can be passed on to your children. Hashimoto's can affect pregnancy and the ability to get pregnant as well as the development of the fetus. If your children are girls who are reaching reproductive age, i recommend checking tpo antibodies to make sure they don't have hashimoto's. Having this diagnosis change the management, ie: TSH < 2 is better.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics
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In brief: Hashimotos Disease

You have an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease.
It can cause thyroid dysfunction, goiter, and nodules. The american academy of clinical endocrinology (aace) recommends that every first-degree relative get checked. A simple lab test is enough to be screened.

In brief: Hashimotos Disease

You have an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease.
It can cause thyroid dysfunction, goiter, and nodules. The american academy of clinical endocrinology (aace) recommends that every first-degree relative get checked. A simple lab test is enough to be screened.
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology

In brief: No

Even with positive antibodies we do nothing unless thyroid function is affected.
If your kids develop symptoms consistent with thyroid disease, that would be an indication to look into thyroid function and antibodies.

In brief: No

Even with positive antibodies we do nothing unless thyroid function is affected.
If your kids develop symptoms consistent with thyroid disease, that would be an indication to look into thyroid function and antibodies.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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