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A condition caused by a genetic variant that has been passed down from parent to child.

Use in clinical context

Inherited conditions include those that are classed as rare, such as Lynch syndrome, and those that are more common, such as sickle cell disease.

Not all genetic conditions are inherited, so it is important to take a detailed family history to begin to establish if a condition has been inherited or not.

If a condition is found to have been inherited, this information can help to identify other family members who may also have the genetic variant and inform their screening, management and treatment.

Last updated on 22nd December, 2021