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Risk Factors for Narcolepsy

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.

References

Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 4, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.

Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail%5Fnarcolepsy.htm. 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.