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Does Graves disease run in families?

Graves disease can be caused by a group of different factors that come together to cause thyroid problems, including heredity, your body's immune system, your age, sex hormones, and possibly stress.
You can inherit a greater likelihood to have hyperthyroidism, which means that you may develop Graves' disease at some time during your life.
This information is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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