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What is fAD?

Watch Professor Martin Rossor describe exactly what familial Alzheimer's disease is and how it runs in families
Familial Alzheimer’s disease usually refers to those cases where it runs in the family but with a very high probability of developing the disease. So with what’s called autosomal dominant familial Alzheimer’s disease, you get one gene from each parent, and you only need one faulty gene to develop the disease. If you have a parent with familial Alzheimer’s disease, you have a 50/50 chance of inheriting that gene, and if you inherit that faulty gene then it is very likely that you will develop the disease.

Professor Martin Rossor gives a brief introduction to familial Alzheimer’s disease and how it is inherited in families.

Familial Alzheimer’s disease is very rare, it is thought to account for less than 1% of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Because dementia is very common, lots of people may have a number of family members with dementia, but that doesn’t mean they have this inherited, familial form. It’s when there are many people in a family who develop Alzheimer’s disease quite young (before 65) that a doctor may consider suggesting a test for the familial Alzheimer’s disease genes. We’ll take a more detailed look at how familial AD is diagnosed, and the different genes involved in familial and non-familial Alzheimer’s disease in Steps 1.7 and 1.9.

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