Multiple Sclerosis: What Role Do Genetics Play?

A smiling family playing football in a parkResearchers believe that multiple sclerosis may in part be inherited (genetics contribute to the increased risk of MS seen in family members).

But which family members are most at risk?

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First, second and third degree relatives of people with MS are at increased risk of developing the disease. Siblings of an affected person have a 2%-5% risk of developing MS.