Is Thyroid Disease Contagious?

my family has thyroid descent, can it also be contagious? What are the signs of teroid contact?

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First of all you should first explain what thyroid disease your family has. There are various types of thyroid disease, some are in the form of enlargement of the thyroid gland (not accompanied by symptoms of excess or deficiency of thyroid hormone), some provide symptoms of excess thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), some are giving symptoms of thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism) . These diseases can be caused by infections in the thyroid gland, autoimmune diseases, tumors / cancer, excess or deficiency of iodine, side effects of drugs, etc. In general, these diseases are not transmitted or hereditary, but thyroid disease caused by conditions such as autoimmune can for example increase your risk of having autoimmune disease in the thyroid as well, or if it is caused by certain cancers (which are related to mutations of certain genes that can be passed down) as well can increase your risk of developing similar cancers.


Increased risk factors are not the same as inherited diseases in the family or also called genetic diseases (such as thalassemia, hemophilia, neurofibromatosis, huntington disease). In hereditary diseases, children of sufferers of the disease will get the same disease if they get genes that are damaged during the fertilization process (the pattern of gene inheritance in each genetic disease can be different). Increasing the risk factor only indicates that the person has a higher likelihood of being exposed to a particular disease for some reason (one of which could be due to having a family with a certain disease), but that person is not certain to be affected by a similar disease.


As explained above, there are various types of thyroid disease and of course each type of disease has different symptoms. It is best to clarify in advance what thyroid disease your family has so that you can be sure of any symptoms that may occur. You can read in general the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism in the links provided. As explained above also, not all thyroid diseases cause symptoms of hyper or hypothyroidism, sometimes the symptoms that appear are only in the form of lumps or enlargement of the thyroid gland.

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