Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Multiple Sclerosis Health Center

Font Size
A
A
A

Family characteristics and multiple sclerosis

There is some evidence that multiple sclerosis (MS) may be a genetic disorder.

  • MS tends to run in families. About 15 out of 100 people who have MS have a relative with MS, most often a brother or a sister.1
  • Certain genetic characteristics associated with the immune system appear more frequently in people who have MS. These features may indicate that there are one or more genes that may increase the chance of developing MS.

Citations

  1. Ropper AH, Samuels MA (2009). Multiple sclerosis and allied demyelinative diseases. In Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 9th ed., pp. 874-903. New York: McGraw-Hill.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
Last Revised February 18, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 18, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Today on WebMD

MS Overview
Slideshow
Woman sitting with arms on knees
Video
 
When MS Attacks
Article
Vials of pills
Video
 
Doctor and patient
Article
MS and Exercise
Article
 
Syringe
Article
MS Hormone
Article
 
Taking Control Sleep
Article
MS brain scan
Slideshow
 
Recognizing MS
Article
MS Causes
Article