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How come I have obstructive sleep apnea, but nobody else in the family has it?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not hereditary

Sleep apnea is not a hereditary condition.
It is not surprising that you are the only one in your family who has it. On the other hand, some of your relatives might have it and not be aware of their condition.

In brief: Not hereditary

Sleep apnea is not a hereditary condition.
It is not surprising that you are the only one in your family who has it. On the other hand, some of your relatives might have it and not be aware of their condition.
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep apnea can be hereditary. It has to do with the shape of your airway. It is sometimes completely silent, so I would bet that others in the family have it but are not aware.
Dr. Yu Sun
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not inherited always

Obstructive sleep apnea is not a whole inherited disease, many reason related to osa is acquired.

In brief: Not inherited always

Obstructive sleep apnea is not a whole inherited disease, many reason related to osa is acquired.
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Dr. Seema Khosla
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple factors

Many people with osa are unaware that they have it.
It does tend to run in families largely due to inherited characteristics of the upper airway but medications, weight, and personal anatomy are important risk factors.

In brief: Multiple factors

Many people with osa are unaware that they have it.
It does tend to run in families largely due to inherited characteristics of the upper airway but medications, weight, and personal anatomy are important risk factors.
Dr. Seema Khosla
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Variable causation

OSA can be inherited, or not.
It can relate to your lifestyle, medication, weight, airway anatomy. Best advice is to seek evaluation by a board certified sleep expert.

In brief: Variable causation

OSA can be inherited, or not.
It can relate to your lifestyle, medication, weight, airway anatomy. Best advice is to seek evaluation by a board certified sleep expert.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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