ACM/SM and hereditary

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ACM/SM and hereditary

Postby Bo Lajos » Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:58 pm

Hi' everyone,
I'm writing from Denmark. My best friend she has SM and because we are a little country we don't have many experiences with this desease. So I very much like to have some information or comments about SM and hereditary. We have been told it is not, but as I can read at american pages in some families there are more than one having it. Hope maybe some of you have time to make a comment.

Many good regards from Bo, Denmark.
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Re: ACM/SM and hereditary

Postby brianfsmom » Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi Bo

Sorry about your friend. There is actually a link on the main page of ASAP that addresses heredity of chiari. It basically says that yes, there are cases where there are sometimes a few family members with chiari, but there is no conclusive evidence to support a genetic component at this time. They say that only family members who are experiencing symptoms should undergo testing. This is what I have chosen to do on my own.This, however, applies to chiari; I have not seen much on the hereditary nature of SM in the absence of a chiari malformation, probably because SM is often due to some other condition.

Hope that helps. I don't think there is a concrete answer to that question. I would imagine it's on a case-by-case basis.
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Re: ACM/SM and hereditary

Postby Sara » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:47 am

ASAP has sponsored research to ask this question. Here are some published results of that study: ... stractPlus
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