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A 37-year-old member asked:

if i have a arnold chiari malformation, what are the chances that my son will have these problems too?

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Dr. Golder Wilson
Specializes in Clinical Genetics
Low: Chiari malformation can be isolated, occur secondary to spina bifida, or be part of many different patterns of birth defects (syndromes). If isolated (no other birth defects, medical issues), then it exhibits multifactorial determination in most cases, deriving from multiple genes and in utero environmental factors. This implies a 2-3% risk for each of your children to have chiari.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Low risk: The chiari malformations are different types of defects of the posterior brain. The type two chiari is called arnold chiari and is associated with spina bifida and many malformations of the brain and spinal cord. If this is what you have, it is a congenital defect that is sporatic. Rare cases may be genetic. A good genetic consultation would be appropriate.

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Will my son's strange reaction following antibiotics last.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

My son is 6 months and throwing up a lot. Do I need to take him to er?

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A 39-year-old female asked:

My 17year old son just had a 12 lead ECG done it showed t wave inversions in ii, iii, avf & v4. Could the barium from an ugi series cause this?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Nonspecific: T wave inversion may be part of a normal ekg and has to interpreted by a doctor. Inverted t wave is normal in iii and sometimes other leads without meaning anything alarming. Have the doctor let you know what they think. The ekg interpretation can change with age as well so you need expertise to read them at this age.

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