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is scoliosis contagious or genetic?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
No: No scoliosis is skeletal deformity it is not contagious. There is strong evidence that an abnormal gene is partially responsible for some forms of scoliosis. It is possible that genetic factors may influence important aspects of scoliosis such as the pattern of curvature (left versus right curves), the shape of the curve, and the risk of progression. It might be inherited.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Genetic: Though the exact mode of inheritance is unknown.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below: It is definitely not contagious, there is felt to be a strong genetic component.

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If my child has the measles, how long is she infectious?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
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Yes: A child with measles is generally contagious from 3 - 5 days before the rash to 4 days after the rash appears.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Will my baby have sickle cell disease if my partner and I carry the gene?

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No: If you and your partner carry the gene for sickle cell disease then there is a 25% chance that the baby will have the disease.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

If our baby passes genetic testing, does that mean it will be born without genetic defects?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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No: Unfortunately having a normal serum screen does not mean that a fetus has no genetic abnormalities. Even genetic amniocentesis will not test for all conditions a baby might have at birth. These tests combined with an expert ultrasound around 18-22 weeks can help rule out congenital anomalies and genetic disorders. But testing can't tell parents with 100% certainty if their child will be normal.
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Is there a genetic component to this disease that I can pass down to my kids?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
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Need more info: Need more information about which disease. Discuss with your md and or genetics counselor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

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Blood borne: Hep c is usually transmitted through blood and body fluid exchange, including sex. It is not transmitted through casual contact like shaking hands.

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