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Is goiter contagious?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

You cannot "catch" a goiter from others.
But there are parts of the world with iodine deficiency, so that many residents will develop goiters. Within families, there may be a predisposition to auto-immunity, so that the immune system makes antibodies that target thyroid proteins, and can cause multiple family members to develop a goiter.

In brief: No

You cannot "catch" a goiter from others.
But there are parts of the world with iodine deficiency, so that many residents will develop goiters. Within families, there may be a predisposition to auto-immunity, so that the immune system makes antibodies that target thyroid proteins, and can cause multiple family members to develop a goiter.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Michael Koriwchak
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Although the cause of goiter (enlarged thyroid) is usually not known, there is no evidence to suggest that it is contagious.

In brief: No

Although the cause of goiter (enlarged thyroid) is usually not known, there is no evidence to suggest that it is contagious.
Dr. Michael Koriwchak
Dr. Michael Koriwchak
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