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Should I get tested for multiple sclerosis if aunt had it?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No- not needed

MS has some family inheritance, but it is a weak inheritance.
Usually children, sibling and even twins do not share it. You should not expect to have any additional risk if your aunt had this. This is not a reason for you to be tested for MS.

In brief: No- not needed

MS has some family inheritance, but it is a weak inheritance.
Usually children, sibling and even twins do not share it. You should not expect to have any additional risk if your aunt had this. This is not a reason for you to be tested for MS.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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In brief: No reason

Unless you possess neurological symptoms, you have no reason to get concerned, as there is no real statistical risk here.

In brief: No reason

Unless you possess neurological symptoms, you have no reason to get concerned, as there is no real statistical risk here.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Gael Yonnet
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No.

The short answer is no.
There is no evidence to suggest that you will develop ms because your aunt has it.

In brief: No.

The short answer is no.
There is no evidence to suggest that you will develop ms because your aunt has it.
Dr. Gael Yonnet
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: No

Only slightlyrelated to heredity.
You should not be tested, since no one test is definitive and the battery of tests is expensive. Unless you have symptoms and are examined by a doctor who believes you need testing is the only situation that i would endorse testing. Otherwise, no!

In brief: No

Only slightlyrelated to heredity.
You should not be tested, since no one test is definitive and the battery of tests is expensive. Unless you have symptoms and are examined by a doctor who believes you need testing is the only situation that i would endorse testing. Otherwise, no!
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology

In brief: Not unless...

Only if you have major neurologic difficulties and are seen by a neurologist.

In brief: Not unless...

Only if you have major neurologic difficulties and are seen by a neurologist.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
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