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Who gets hypothyroidism?

Anyone can get hypothyroidism, but it is much more common in women and older people. Other risk factors for developing hypothyroidism can include: having other autoimmune conditions, such as vitiligo and Addison's disease; having a family history of hypothyroidism or other autoimmune conditions; taking in too much or too little iodine; pregnancy; viral infections including hepatitis C and common colds; surgery or treatment for hyperthyroidism; surgery on the pituitary gland; radiotherapy to the neck or brain (in order to treat some forms of cancer); having an infiltrative condition such as scleroderma or sarcoidosis, and; taking some medications such as lithium and thalidomide.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hypothyroidism


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