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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
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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