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#1 isobelle44

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

I'm sorry I didn't do a search before I posted this. Is there any connection to hypothyroid problems and localized scleroderma?

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:31 PM

Hi Isobel,

Yes, there do appear to be a few reports in the literature about the co-existence of morphea and hypothyroidism. However, it is more common to find references between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and systemic scleroderma, which is mostly what we cover on our page on Thyroid Diseases.

We also have a page on Conditions Associated with Morphea.
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#3 isobelle44

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:58 AM

Thank you Shelley for the links. They helped a lot.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:34 AM

Yes, Isobelle,

Also, just as Shelley mentioned....

Hashimoto's is a culprit too.

My doctor is mulling that one over...still inconclusive, in my particular case.

Thyroid issues seem nearly as difficult to pin down...as some Scleroderma issues, in my experience!
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:14 PM

I think that it would be intresting to take a poll to see how many of us have autoimmune thyroiditis.

Any thoughts on that?

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 03:02 PM

I do have hypothyroidism and I'm on meds....not sure if it's due to the Sclero though, the doctors never said.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:19 PM

I also have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, as part of multiple autoimmune syndrome (MAS).

We have a section on Thyroid Disease and Scleroderma. It says in part:

It is common for people with systemic scleroderma to also have other health problems, and thyroid disease can often be associated with it. However, thyroid disease is very common in the general population, whereas systemic scleroderma is very rare, and thyroid disease is not considered to be a symptom of any type of scleroderma.

High Frequency of Thyroid Dysfunction in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis. Hypothyroidism appears to be the commonest pattern of abnormality but was considered clinically significant and treated less often than hyperthyroidism. It is possible that constitutional features of SSc may obscure clinical evidence of hypothyroidism. P. Siakka. SAT0237 EULAR 2006.
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