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is there a genetic test that shows who is at risk for osteogenic sarcoma?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Not really.: Unless your family has a documented history of this, and a particular mutation has been identified in other family members, there is not an established test for this condition.
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
OS and gene: Some of the sarcomas can run in families and clusters. Some of them can present with other malignancies in family. I think gene testing for p53 mutation can be done if there are other types if cancers besides os. There is no specific genetic test for os.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Which genetic tests can I take in the first trimester of pregnancy?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
There are many: There are many screening tests that a patient may undertake to screen for genetic problems. What needs to be done is a proper family/genetic history and have genetic testing performed based upon that history. Nevertheless, general screeening for genetic problems will be offered by your obstetrician at different times during your pregnancy (ex.: down's syndrome testing).
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If I have the single gene mutation (heterozygote) and am a "silent carrier" for hemochromatosis, will I become iron overloaded?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemachromatosis: The single gene carrier will likely not develop any symptoms or problems from increased iron absorption. You will still need to have regular blood work to check for increased iron, and not use any supplements with iron. If you have two genes, your chance is good that you will have high levels of iron, and possibly get damage from the extra iron. Timing is unknown, too many variables.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Yes.: Gallbladder disorders tends to cluster in families. That being said, there is no gene that you can test for to see if you will develop gallbladder disease. For example, one of the risk factors for developing gallstones is being overweight; being overweight tends to run in families.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It is an injury: CP results from an injury to the developing nervous system of fetus, newborn or todler caused by various events.Brain hemorrage, a cut off of oxygen, or occasionally tissue damage from a viral infection can produce the pattern. Each child is an individual event and > half of mild cases have no apparent cause.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can surgery correct a blind eye due to a genetic problem?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Genetic blindness: It depends on what the type of blindness is. If it affects the retina and optic nerve there is no corrective surgery for this. If it is due to a deep amblyopia there is no corrective surgery.

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