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Are thyroid problems hereditary?
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Dr. Stephanie Lee
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Thyroid
Thyroid dysfunction is often due to autoimmune conditions which frequently can be inherited especially in the female side of the family.
Thyroid nodules frequently are found in the same family but thyroid cancer occurs only in about 5%of patients

In brief: Thyroid
Thyroid dysfunction is often due to autoimmune conditions which frequently can be inherited especially in the female side of the family.
Thyroid nodules frequently are found in the same family but thyroid cancer occurs only in about 5%of patients
Dr. Stephanie Lee
Dr. Stephanie Lee
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Some
Some of the rare types are, but for the most part, the autoimmune thyroid diseases are not so much inherited, but the tendency toward developing thyroiditis is.
So, if you have a parent or sibling with autoimmune thyroiditis, your risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease is higher than that of the general population, but you don't actually inherit the thyroid disease.

In brief: Some
Some of the rare types are, but for the most part, the autoimmune thyroid diseases are not so much inherited, but the tendency toward developing thyroiditis is.
So, if you have a parent or sibling with autoimmune thyroiditis, your risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease is higher than that of the general population, but you don't actually inherit the thyroid disease.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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
Dr. Susan Wingo
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