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Inheritance and Genetics of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome

Genetics of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome:

Most cases of Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome are not inherited, but are due to random, spontaneous changes that occur in the reproductive cells or during early embryonic development. Some cases of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome are inherited from a parent carrying a balanced translocation of chromosome 4, which then becomes unbalanced in the next generation.

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.


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