What are the racial predilections of sitosterolemia (phytosterolemia)?

Updated: May 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert D Steiner, MD; Chief Editor: Luis O Rohena, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG  more...
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Only approximately 40 patients with sitosterolemia had been reported worldwide as of the year 2000; therefore, very little information on racial or ethnic predilection is available, especially because bias of ascertainment is likely. No ethnic predilection is apparent in sitosterolemia, although the small number of patients diagnosed makes it premature to draw any conclusions.

Sitosterolemia has been described in Amish, Hutterite, Japanese, and Chinese patients, as well as in other patient population groups.


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