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Can an adult get/develope menkes disease?

Can an adult get/develope menkes disease?

Menkes disease: Menkes disease is a genetic hereditary disorder that one is born with. An adult does not acquire this disease. What symptoms you describe would not be menkes disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how pompe disease in adults work?

Can you tell me how pompe disease in adults work?

Mutations of a gene : on Chromosome 17q25.3 that codes for a lysosomal enzyme that breaks down glycogen cause Glycogen Storage Disease Type II or Pompe Disease subtypes . It is autosomal recessive, the mutant gene comes from from both unaffected carrier parents. Age of onset & rate of progression of pelvic & leg, then arm & respiratory muscle weakness vary with subtype. See www.agsdus.org/html/typeiigsd.html. ...Read more

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Hirschsprung's disease. Can you start getting it as an adult?

Hirschsprung's disease. Can you start getting it as an adult?

No: You can't get this as an adult. A patient has this since birth but the area involved maybe so small that the patient may have gone by without having too many problems . This is called short or ultra short segment hirshsprungs disease. ...Read more

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What are the typical diseases in adults that have symptoms of dehydration?

What are the typical diseases in adults that have symptoms of dehydration?

Dehydration: Many different diseases can produce dehydration. This can be related either to increased fluid losses or inadequate intake. A few examples of diseases that may produce dehydration are heat exhaustion or heat stroke, gastroenteritis, any viral or bacterial infection such as a pneumonia, and diabetes. ...Read more

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I know there are thousands of rare diseases but are there any known ones that cause adult height to signif. grow after years of no growth? I'm 39.

I know there are thousands of rare diseases but are there any known ones that cause adult height to signif. grow after years of no growth? I'm 39.

That's a strange one: because usually after the ends of the bones fuse in young adulthood, it is not possible for them to lengthen, which is what would be necessary for one to get taller. There is a condition called acromegaly that could cause some bones to get wider, so hands and feet and jaws and forehead can grow. If you are noticing this, you should be checked for pituitary problems. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you please specifically list all conditions or diseases that can result or bring on added inches of growth in height in adults years past puberty?

Can you please specifically list all conditions or diseases that can result or bring on added inches of growth in height in adults years past puberty?

Growth: I am not aware of any. Once the growth plates in the bones have fused, you're done. Keep in mind that there are variations between AM and PM based on separation of your vertebrae, and of course there can be errors in measurement. ...Read more

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Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read more

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Can you get Perthes disease as an adult?

Can you get Perthes disease as an adult?

Legg Calve Perthe's: Disease is seen only in growing children. The broadest age range is 2 years -12 years; average age is 6 years. It can be familial or sporadic. It's more common boys than girls. Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head in adults has a wide variety of underlying causes, like alcoholism, cortisone therapy, gout, sickle cell anaemia & others. ...Read more

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Why are childhood diseases much more virulent in adults?

Why are childhood diseases much more virulent in adults?

Some are some not: Whooping cough is deadly to patients under 6mo old, while adults usually have a bronchitis lasting a few months. Chickenpox is usually a moderate illness in kids, but in the 70's we lost 50 kids/yr .For adults, a larger percentage get chickenpox pneumonia and can die, but that's how the germ works. I can think of many examples where your comment is just not true. Just unexpected. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease show up in adults? What are the symptoms?

Can celiac disease show up in adults? What are the symptoms?

Yes: Symptoms can vary from very little to many. Classical symptoms would be abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating of the abdomen. Possibly weight loss. Some women present with infertility, headaches or other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can my children get celiac disease if a adult has it is it hereditrty?

Can my children get celiac disease if a adult has it is it hereditrty?

Increased Risk: Incidence of celiac sprue in this country is around 1/130. The niddk has a website for more info, first degree relatives of celiac patients are at much higher risk for developing it. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/. ...Read more

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What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?

What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?

Unusual severity: During the era when 2 million cases a year occurred in the us, few worried about adult cases as most got them as kids. Now with available vaccines, some slip through without disease or vaccinations.Adults can develop a severe pneumonia that can be fatal, with onset soon after the skin findings appear. Vaccination is a good idea for any adult that missed them. ...Read more

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What is the disease or diseases where adult stopped growing normally after puberty but then 13 years later started growing in height again out of blue?

Late height growth: I have not experienced this in my practice. When you stop growing the bone does not continue to grow and certainly not 13 years later. There are conditions where certain parts of your bone structure grow but you don't get taller. That condition is acromegaly. Please see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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What are common tongue diseases in adults?

What are common tongue diseases in adults?

Mostly Benign: Most tongue afflictions are benign. However, the one that is most destructive, of course is cancer. Make sure your dentist or hygienist does an oral cancer exam every time you get your teeth cleaned. ...Read more