Q19. Can you inherit an arthritis gene?

A19. If your parents, grandparents or a close family member have arthritis then there is a strong chance that you will do the same. This does mean that it is an automatic right: but what it does mean is that there is an increased risk of you doing so.

However, most forms of arthritis are not inherited.

But a genetic link has been found in regard to rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at Manchester University have discovered a variant that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis which may determine who develops this condition and the extent of their disease.

(Source: www.inthenews.co.uk)

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