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what are the odds that i will inherit fuchs' dystrophy if my grandma was the first to be diagnosed?

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Dr. Marc Sanders
Dermatology 39 years experience
Hard to tell.: Fuchs dystrophy is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, but there are other genetic factors involved that would affect your risk. Genetic testing of your parents would be necessary and you can also be tested.
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Fuchs: Fuchs dystrophy does run in families and typically develops later in life. If you are concerned, the best next step is a detailed eye examination with an eye care provider who can use a slit lamp to look for any signs of early Fuchs Dystrophy. Fuchs is not 100% transferred so your chances are likely low, but they are not 0%.

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