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June 1991

The Influence of Gender on the Susceptibility to Multiple Sclerosis in Sibships

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(6):586-588. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530180038014

• A population-based study of pairs of relatives (siblings, second- and third-degree) concordant for multiple sclerosis did not show an excess of like-sexed pairs. In addition, data on human lymphocyte antigen typing for sibling pairs concordant for multiple sclerosis did not find an increase in haplotype sharing for like-sexed pairs. These data do not support the notion that sex-related factors influence multiple-sclerosis susceptibility in families.