Other Names for this Disease
- Anomalous ventricular excitation syndrome
- Auriculoventricular accessory pathway syndrome
- False bundle branch block syndrome
- Preexcitation syndrome
- Ventricular familial preexcitation syndrome
Your QuestionMy son has been diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. Should other members of my family be tested for this condition?
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Most cases of Wolff Parkinson White syndrome occur in people with no apparent family history of the condition. These cases are described as sporadic and are not inherited.
Familial Wolff Parkinson White syndrome accounts for only a small percentage of all cases of this condition. The familial form of the disorder typically has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the condition. In most cases, a person with familial Wolff Parkinson White syndrome has inherited the condition from an affected parent.
To find a genetics clinic, we recommend that you contact your primary doctor for a referral. Additional resources to assist you in locating a genetics professional are available in the Services section of the Resources page for this condition.
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