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Agent Orange Increases Risk of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease


Updated June 30, 2014

Agent Orange Increases Risk of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Some thyroid news out of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists annual meeting in Boston. Apparently, veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange are three times more likely to develop the autoimmune thyroid disease known as Graves' disease, which typically causes hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid. Agent Orange is the name that was given to a dioxin-based herbicide that was used by the U.S. military during the war in Vietnam.

Apaprently, Agent Orange exposure does not appear to trigger an increase in any other type of thyroid condition, such as thyroid cancer or nodules. But another interesting finding: apparently, the prevalence of hypothyroidism in those exposed to Agent Orange is actually lower.

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Varanasi, Ajay MD, et. al. "Abstract #1046: Are Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange More Likely to Get Graves' Disease?" American Association of Clinical Endocrinology Conference 2010 Abstracts (PDF)

AACE: Agent Orange Ups Some Thyroid Risks -- MedPage Today

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