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If I had issues with goiter when I was little, what are the chances my kid will have a goiter?

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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on cause

Goiter can be due to nutritional/pubertal/environmental reasons or due to genetic reasons.
Fortunately, the former reasons can be treated/managed but the genetic ones which are rare cannot be 'fixed'.

In brief: Depends on cause

Goiter can be due to nutritional/pubertal/environmental reasons or due to genetic reasons.
Fortunately, the former reasons can be treated/managed but the genetic ones which are rare cannot be 'fixed'.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends on the cause

Goiter can occur in iodine deficient areas but is rare when iodinized salt products are available.
Goiter due to immune thyroiditis occurs in family clusters so testing of relatives or kids can spot the problem early, but the problem is not passed like eye color. The relative chances of this for your kid can be better defined if you know what kind of problem led to the goiter.

In brief: Depends on the cause

Goiter can occur in iodine deficient areas but is rare when iodinized salt products are available.
Goiter due to immune thyroiditis occurs in family clusters so testing of relatives or kids can spot the problem early, but the problem is not passed like eye color. The relative chances of this for your kid can be better defined if you know what kind of problem led to the goiter.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Larry Deeb
At physicals ask the doctor if there is any swelling in the thyroid. Could be a clue
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