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Acute promyelocytic leukemia

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Is acute promyelocytic leukemia inherited?

Acute promyelocytic leukemia is not inherited. The condition arises from a translocation in some of the body's cells (somatic cells) that occurs after conception.[1] This is referred to as a somatic mutation. Somatic mutations may affect the individual by causing cancers or other diseases, but they are not passed on to offspring.[1]
Last updated: 2/6/2012

  1. Acute promyelocytic leukemia. Genetics Home Reference. April 2011; Accessed 2/6/2012.