A 32-year-old member asked:
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my sister says she has chronic kidney failure. are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. John Hammes
27 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Sometimes: There are many causes of chronic kidney disease. Some of those causes are genetic/familial and so family members may get the same condition. Others are completely separate and there is no association. We know that overall, having a first degree relative who has to have dialysis will increase the chance of an individual eventually needing it as well.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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