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    Is restless legs syndrome genetic or hereditory?

    My fathers suffers from restless leg syndrome and i am concerned i will get it? Is it hereditory?
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    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can have a genetic basis and be passed down through families. This is in around 50% of cases. When RLS symptoms develop early in adult life or childhood there is more likely to be a family history / genetic basis, whereas if RLS symptoms come on later in life other causes are more likely. For more information see Restless Leg Syndrome.
     

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