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Does autoimmune disease run in families?


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Autoimmune diseases are not typical “genetic” diseases like, for instance, sickle cell anemia, where there is a specific gene mutation.  With autoimmune diseases, multiple genes are involved that collectively increase vulnerability or susceptibility. Autoimmune diseases tend to “cluster” in families – not as one particular disease, but as a general tendency to the autoimmune process and, consequently, different autoimmune diseases.

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