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Prevalence and Incidence of Thyroid agenesis

Thyroid agenesis: Rare Disease

Thyroid agenesis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Thyroid agenesis, or a subtype of Thyroid agenesis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.

About prevalence and incidence statistics:

The term 'prevalence' of Thyroid agenesis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Thyroid agenesis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Thyroid agenesis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Thyroid agenesis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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