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I have Hashimotos, should my children be tested too?

By Anonymous September 11, 2014 - 8:30am
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I was diagnosed with Hashimotos. My mother had this and so did her mother and my mothers endocrinologist never suggested I be tested. I am now being told this is a
hereditary disorder and I should have been tested years ago. Should my children
be tested for this disorder? Is this disorder hereditary?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for seeking our help with your questions about Hashimoto's disease.

Hashimoto's disease is the result of the body's immune system attacking the thyroid gland. The resulting inflammation, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). It is an autoimmune disorder.

Gender, age, heredity, and a history of other autoimmune diseases are considered risk factors. Your risk increases if you are female, middle aged, and other family members have thyroid or other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes or lupus.

A sensitive TSH test, which measures levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), allows a physician to diagnose thyroid disorders much earlier, often before you experience symptoms.

Anonymous, check with your children's pediatrician to learn when they should be tested.


September 11, 2014 - 9:06am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for the info. I do know Hashi's is autoimmune. I have been following a gluten free diet and did the auto immune diet
prior. My own anti bodies have disappeared for now.

My childrens pediatrician did not want to test them. I would say most likely he may not know enough about this disorder?
Is your recommendation that I push to have the appropriate blood screening completed? I do suspect my oldest son has the beginnings of a thryoid issue.

Thank you!

September 11, 2014 - 9:24am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

Follow your instincts. If your son is showing signs, call your physician and ask that he be tested.


September 11, 2014 - 9:33am
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