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Old 05-13-2006, 07:01 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if my daughter is more likely to have a thyroid problem in the future since she was born with graves, but no longer has it? Would she be more likely to get it than my other two children? I know that there chances of having thyroid problems is higher since it seems to run in our familys both sides, but I wonder if hers would be higher because she had it at birth?

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Old 05-13-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
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Re: Does anyone know?

I don't know for certain, but from what I gather the Graves antibodies she was born with came from you. The antibodies usually clear the baby's system fairly quickly after the birth. I don't *think* she would be at any higher risk than any of your other children of developing autoimmune thyroid disease.
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Does anyone know?

i'm not sure what the possibilities are for children born with graves, but i can tell you that thyroid problems run in my family. at the age of 10 i was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. i was on anti-thyroid meds for a few years when it regulated itself on its own (went off meds to see if ok and i was).

now at age 37 i'm hypoactive/hashi's. i was fine and didnt have any symptoms of hyper/hypo for around 22 years or so i'd say. frankly i didnt ever think i'd have a problem again and it took over a year to get diagnosed for hypo.

there is no question of the hereditary predispostion to thyroid problems. i've seen several endo's and some say that because i had problems as a child it was fairly ordinary to have problems as an adult. other docs seemed surprised to hear i was hyper as kid and now hypo as adult. one doc in particular was suprised and thought it was "interesting". i do not recall any endo's i saw as a child/teen saying anything about watching out for the future that i might have problems as an adult, but i was just a kid so i might not remember. if my parents were foretold that adult problems may be a possibility, then they never passed that info on to me.

hope thats somewhat helpful to you.

 
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Thank you both very much for your help.

 
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