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How likely will it be that a child will get vitiligo if a parent has it?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If a parent has vitiligo, their children are more likely to get it too. Vitiligo tends to run in families. Three faulty genes have been found to increase the risk for vitiligo, so a parent can pass these genes down to their children. But the inheritance of these genes does not necessarily guarantee a person will get the disease. Only 5% to 7% percent of children with an affected parent actually get it. Environmental factors are probably needed to trigger the disease in genetically susceptible people.

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