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When does vitiligo run in families?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vitiligo can run in families because there is a strong genetic component to this skin disorder. The discovery of three faulty genes sets the stage for inheritability, but it does not mean it is set in stone. If a parent has the disorder, their children are more likely to get it too, but only 5% to 7% percent of children with an affected parent actually get it. A third of people with vitiligo say another family member also has the disease.

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