Previous thyroid problems. Thyroid disease, an enlarged thyroid (goiter), and surgery or radiation therapy to treat
thyroid problems increase the likelihood of having hypothyroidism in the
Some lifelong conditions. Type 1 diabetes, vitiligo (an
autoimmune disease that causes patches of light skin),
pernicious anemia, and leukotrichia (premature gray hair) are seen more often in people who have
Iodine deficiency. This is
rare in the United States but common in areas where iodine is not added to
salt, food, and water.
medicines can interfere with normal thyroid function, particularly lithium, amiodarone (such as
Cordarone or Pacerone), and interferon alfa (such as Intron A or Roferon A).
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November 14, 2014
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