Prevalence of autoimmune disorders in families of pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • There is an increased prevalence of several autoimmune conditions in family members of patients with pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), and shared risk factors may be involved.

Why this matters ?

    Reports of autoimmune diseases in families of people with adult MS are conflicting, but MS risk is consistently increased in first-degree relatives—including children—of people with MS. Results from this study support a potential role for shared genetic variants between autoimmune diseases and MS.