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Do lipid storage disorders run in families?

Lipid storage disorders can run in families depending on how the gene for the disorder is passed along. Some genes only produce a disease if two people who have the gene but do not express a disorder to have a child. This is called autosomal-recessive inheritance. In other types of lipid storage disorders, the gene is expressed only in male children, but women can carry it without expressing a disorder. This is called x-linked inheritance. If a woman does have the disorder she is usually not as severely affected as men would be. If a child's parents have histories of lipid storage disorders, then he or she is more at risk of developing one of the diseases.

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Where can I go for support for a lipid storage disorder?
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