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My sister says she has obstructive sleep apnea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There is a strong link to obesity which has a genetic component, and there is also some increased risk to have the disease if relatively have it.

In brief: Yes

There is a strong link to obesity which has a genetic component, and there is also some increased risk to have the disease if relatively have it.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes. A predisposing factor - obesity - has familial tendency.
Also structural abnormalities which contribute (small jaw, nasal abnormalities) also familial.

In brief: Yes

Yes. A predisposing factor - obesity - has familial tendency.
Also structural abnormalities which contribute (small jaw, nasal abnormalities) also familial.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Studies are showing trends in families about sleep apnea, so your sister's diagnosis puts you at higher risk.
There are lots of factors to consider, though. Genetics may play a role in muscle tone and structure of the airway.

In brief: Yes

Studies are showing trends in families about sleep apnea, so your sister's diagnosis puts you at higher risk.
There are lots of factors to consider, though. Genetics may play a role in muscle tone and structure of the airway.
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
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