Hypothyroidism In Family Members

Evaluating Risk Factors: Hypothyroidism In Close Family Members

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as hypothyroidism in family members — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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If you indicate having knowledge of close relatives, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Hypothyroidism in close family members?
Possible responses:
→ None / don't know
→ Probably, in one family member
→ Probably, in more than one family member
→ Yes, in one family member
→ Yes, in more than one family member

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate hypothyroidism in family members, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as Hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism tends to "run in families".  If you have a history of either hypothyroidism, or paradoxically, hyperthyroidism in your family, it increases the chance that you may someday develop the condition.  However, except for a few rare disorders, hypothyroidism is not transmitted in a typical dominant or recessive manner.  If you have a strong family history of underactive or overactive thyroid disease, you should mention this to your physician.
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