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Frequently Asked Questions about ADEM

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Is ADEM genetic?

ADEM is thought to be an autoimmune reaction to a past infection. Autoimmunity may have a genetic component, but seems to be caused by other factors as well.

Reviewed by Elias Sotirchos, MD November 2019
 
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Is ADEM contagious?

ADEM is thought to be an autoimmune reaction. Autoimmunity is not contagious.

Reviewed by Elias Sotirchos, MD November 2019
 
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Does everyone who experiences an infection develop ADEM?

Most people experiencing infections never develop ADEM.

Reviewed by Elias Sotirchos, MD November 2019
 

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