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J Neurosurg. 2003 Oct;99(4):637-43.

A genealogical assessment of heritable predisposition to aneurysms.

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Department of Medical Informatics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.



This study was conducted to investigate the familial and genetic contribution to intracranial, abdominal aortic, and all other types of aneurysms, and to define familial relationships among patients who present with the different aneurysm types.


The authors used a unique Utah resource to perform population-based analysis of the familial nature of aneurysms. The Utah Population Data Base is a genealogy of the Utah population dating back eight generations, which is combined with death certificate data for the state of Utah dating back to 1904. Taking into account the genetic relationships among all aneurysm cases derived from this resource, the authors used a previously published method to estimate the familiality of different aneurysm types. Using internal, birth-cohort-specific rates of disease calculated from the database, they estimated relative risks by comparing observed to expected rates of aneurysm incidence in defined sets of relatives of probands.


Each of the three aneurysm types investigated showed significant evidence for a genetic component. Relatives of patients with intracranial aneurysms do not appear to be at increased risk for abdominal or other lesions, but relatives of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms appear to be at increased risk for other types of these lesions.

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