Dr. Ira Salafsky

Clinical Genetics
Evanston, IL
58 years experience

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Evanston, IL

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North Suburban Pediatrics, 2530 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL
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Clinical Genetics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

23 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: Some conditions like the organic acidurias are best tested in urine.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Slight risk: Most Down syndrome is sporadic. A few patients with Down syndrome have the extra 21 chromosome translocated on to another chromosome. In some of these... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
From your mom: Hemophillia is an x linked gene. If inherited it would come only from your mother.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: You should review it and if you are willing share it with other family members and get their imput to extend the pedigree.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
No: Turner syndrome is caused by an abnormal karyotype that contains only a single x chromosome and no y chromosome. It thus seen only in females.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Depends on sex: If the unaffected twin is male he would not carry the gene and could not pass it on to his children. If the unaffected twin was female she could be a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Autosomal recessive: Both parents must carry a mutation in the hexosaminidase a gene. They would have a one in four risk in each pregnancy of having an affected baby.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Chromosomal analysis: Kleinfelter syndrome is caused by an extra x chromosome in males (47, xxy). It can be suspected on physical exam because of several somatic features ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: Mutational analysis in the hemophilia gene through amniocentesis or cvs testing is available.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
13 trisomy: Patau syndrome is caused by13 trisomy. It can be suspected by find the characteristic malformations including, cleft lip/palate/ eye and ear abnormali... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
No: An individual must give permission to have genetic testing performed. Carrier testing for genetic disease is usually not done in children until they ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
It varies: If parents have had one child with a neural tube defect their risk of having another child with a defect is about 3 %. If they have had two children ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Never: Prenatal knowledge that a baby will be born with Down syndrome will always be useful. Testing early in the pregnancy will allow parents to decide whet... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: Some features of Down syndrome are seen in other malformation syndromes. The hypotonia, congenital heart disease and dermatoglyphic abnormalities are ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Laboratory testing: Cvs sampling after 10 weeks of gestation can obtain tissue for testing. The tests usually done are chromosomal analysis or mutational analysis of a sp... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: The disorder is highly heritable. Estimates of the genetic component to the heritability range from 60 to 85 percent.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Rarely yes: Almost all patients with tay-sach lack hexosaminidse a activity due to mutations in the hex a gene. The infantile form have less than 5% activity whi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
After10 weeks: First trimester screening can be done at 11-13 weeks. Definitive diagnosis by chromosome analysis can be done through cvs sampling after 10 weeks.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Late teens: Carrier testing should only be done in persons who can give intelligent informed consent. Young children should not be tested. Older teens who can gi... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: There are several familial syndromes that can have variety of cancers associated with them. Thus even though different cancers are involved they still... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
No: Some cardiac malformations are part of syndromes that can be inherited. Others are part of syndromes that occur sporadically. Still others are isolate... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: Genetic counseling and chromosomal analysis for both parents is recommended. A parent could carry a balanced chromosomal abnormality leading to a high... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 58 years experience
Yes: The primary symptoms are pulmonary and digestive. Chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections start early in life. Intestinal malapsortion bec... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Salafsky is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Salafsky is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :)
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1965MD
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