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Help! is multiple sclerosis a result of single or multiple gene disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 28 years experience
Not genetic mostly: There are no signs that multiple sclerosis is a sign of a chromosome disorder. Although there is likely a genetic component, this appears to be a very small role. This is not the type of disease where if you have the gene, you get the disease. It tends to be sporadic. It is an auto-immune disease where antibodies attack the white matter of the brain and/or spinal cord.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
None of above: The genetic issues point toward risk or susceptibility, as MS is NOT a genetic or hereditary disorder.
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