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Risk Factors for Narcolepsy
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
Very little is known about the risk factors for narcolepsy. Narcolepsy seems to run in some families. About 8%-30% of people with narcolepsy have another family member with the condition.
Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116132/Narcolepsy. Updated January 4, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.
Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at:
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Updated April 6, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.
Chen L, Fong SY, Lam CW, et al. The familial risk and HLA susceptibility among narcolepsy patients in Hong Kong, Chinese. Sleep. 2007;30(7):851-858.
Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015
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