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Is WPW hereditary?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally not but

Arrhythmias can run in families.

In brief: Generally not but

Arrhythmias can run in families.
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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Wpw genetic

Wpw genetics are not well understood but there are patterns in some families

In brief: Wpw genetic

Wpw genetics are not well understood but there are patterns in some families
Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Less than 1% of individuals with WPW inherit the condition.
There are rare genetic mutations where WPW may be inherited.

In brief: No

Less than 1% of individuals with WPW inherit the condition.
There are rare genetic mutations where WPW may be inherited.
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wpw

its is very rare to be hereditary. mostly isolated cases in families.

In brief: Wpw

its is very rare to be hereditary. mostly isolated cases in families.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics

In brief: Yes and no

Usually sporadic.
it rarely is an autosomal dominant condition--a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting the gene responsible. Fortunately, a surgical procedure to sever the abnormal nerve pathway that causes ventricular tachycardia may cure the condition. See http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome

In brief: Yes and no

Usually sporadic.
it rarely is an autosomal dominant condition--a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting the gene responsible. Fortunately, a surgical procedure to sever the abnormal nerve pathway that causes ventricular tachycardia may cure the condition. See http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome
Dr. Richard Roberts
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Dr. Richard Roberts
"A small percentage of all cases of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome are caused by a dominant mutation in the PRKAG2 gene. Some people with these mutations also have features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy". http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome. Because these mutations are detectable, prenatal diagnosis as well as preimplantation diagnosis is possible.
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