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A 22-year-old male asked:

Are keloid scars a genetic trait passed by mothers or fathers to their children?

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Dr. Jared Adams
12 years experience
Perhaps, but...: It is very common, especially among african americans where 16% have reported keloids in at least one survey. Keloids have been associated genetically with several hla serotypes (related to the immune system). However, if you have keloids it does not mean your child will have keloids, they just may be at slightly increased risk compared to others.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Yes: Clearly keloids have greater tendency to occur in darker skinned races and to that degree they do have a genetic tendency.
Last updated Feb 2, 2016

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