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Are thyroid problems genetic?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree

In brief: They can be

Most thyroid problems in the US are caused by auto-immunity, where the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belong to that person) and makes antibodies that target the thyroid protein(s).
Auto-immune thyroid disease often does run in families, although family member may have different manifestations - goiter, nodules, too little or too much thyroid hormone.

In brief: They can be

Most thyroid problems in the US are caused by auto-immunity, where the immune system misclassifies one or more thyroid proteins as foreign (not belong to that person) and makes antibodies that target the thyroid protein(s).
Auto-immune thyroid disease often does run in families, although family member may have different manifestations - goiter, nodules, too little or too much thyroid hormone.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Frequently

Thyroid problems do run in families.

In brief: Frequently

Thyroid problems do run in families.
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