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Is there any connection between the vitiligo and thyroid disorders?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

Many thyroid problems are due to automimunity, and vitiligo is also caused by autoimmunity.
Autoimmunity means that one's immune system is making abnormal antibodies that target one's own proteins. So it is not true that thyroid problems cause vitiligo, or vitiligo causes thyroid problems, it is true that autoimmunity (hereditary) causes both.

In brief: Can be

Many thyroid problems are due to automimunity, and vitiligo is also caused by autoimmunity.
Autoimmunity means that one's immune system is making abnormal antibodies that target one's own proteins. So it is not true that thyroid problems cause vitiligo, or vitiligo causes thyroid problems, it is true that autoimmunity (hereditary) causes both.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Strong Association

There is a significant association between thyroid disease and vitiligo.
Many patients with vitiligo have increased antithyroid autoantibodies. Furthermore mutations in the gene nalp1, a regulator of innate immunity, has been shown to be present in patients with autoimmune diseases including thyroid disease and vitiligo.

In brief: Strong Association

There is a significant association between thyroid disease and vitiligo.
Many patients with vitiligo have increased antithyroid autoantibodies. Furthermore mutations in the gene nalp1, a regulator of innate immunity, has been shown to be present in patients with autoimmune diseases including thyroid disease and vitiligo.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Carol Cheney
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Both are autoimmune

Both hypothyroidism and vitiligo are autoimmune conditions, caused by antibodies.
In the case of hypothyroidism they cause inflammation in the thyroid and subsequent hypo activity; in vitiligo they cause lack of skin pigmentation.

In brief: Both are autoimmune

Both hypothyroidism and vitiligo are autoimmune conditions, caused by antibodies.
In the case of hypothyroidism they cause inflammation in the thyroid and subsequent hypo activity; in vitiligo they cause lack of skin pigmentation.
Dr. Carol Cheney
Dr. Carol Cheney
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