My granddaughter was 14 years old and was recently diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis. What caused this?

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Doctors don’t fully understand why your immune system misfires this way. It could be set off by a faulty gene, a virus, or something else. Or it could be a combination of causes.

You may be more likely to get autoimmune thyroiditis if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Are middle-aged
  • Have another autoimmune disorder like lupus, type 1 diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Are related to someone who has autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Have been exposed to environmental radiation