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Dr. Chakshu Gupta Dr. Gupta
Pathology
19 years in practice
University of Delhi, College of Medical Sciences
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Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Are teratoma tumors genetic?

Some are: Teratomas arise from cells that can differentiate in to a host of tissue types and can be associated with chromosomal (genetic) abnormalities or with inherited syndromes. However, vast majority are sporadic and will not be passed on to the kids.

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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I had a teratoma on my ovary. Tumor, ovary and fallopian tube removed. How often should I have my other ovary checked via mri, etc?

I had a teratoma on my ovary. Tumor, ovary and fallopian tube removed. How often should I have my other ovary checked via mri, etc?

Seek Gynecologist's: The advice of your gynecologist should be followed as I am sure he/she has informed you about the future care. Ovaries can be checked by pelvic examination (done by gynecologist) and when in doubt, with an imaging test such as ultrasound. Only if there is a suspected change or growth should more advanced testing (either ct scan or mri) of the abdomen/pelvis be done.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Are pituitary tumors genetic?

Are pituitary tumors genetic?

They can be: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (men 1) is an autosomal dominant disease involving the pituitary, parathyroid glands, and pancreas primarily. Patients with this disease have mutations in the men 1 gene. Men1 patients get different tumors in their pituitary glands, but mostly prolactinomas.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Are pelvic tumors, like malignant ovarian tumors, genetic?

Are pelvic tumors, like malignant ovarian tumors, genetic?

To some extent: Almost all tumors have a genetic component in that heredity plays a role in the susceptibility to cancers. In the case of ovarian cancer there are a few well characterized genetic markers that portend higher incidence, e.g., brca 1 and brca 2.

Dr. Lewis Hassell Dr. Hassell
Pathology
35 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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My identical twin sister is having a Malignant trichilemmal tumor removed from her neck Monday. Is this genetic, something I can develope? Thanks!

My identical twin sister is having a Malignant trichilemmal tumor removed from her neck Monday. Is this genetic, something I can develope? Thanks!

Skin cancers: Cancer is due to genetic changes in previously normal cells. It usually requires several sequential genetic changes to occur before the cell develops the capacity to invade or metastasize. Some people with the same baseline genetic disposition may develop the same cancer, but it usually requires other stimuli to occur. Long answer to say, probably not. Most skin tumors have external promoters.

Dr. Matthew Solhjem Dr. Solhjem
Radiation Oncology
17 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Yes.: In certain brain tumors, genetic mutations have been discovered. Some of these are 'passed down' from parent to child. Others are new and spontaneous. There are many different types of brain tumors, both benign and malignant. Each has its own unique genetic risk.

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Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Rarely: Hi. Yes, there are genetic syndromes that cause pituitary tumors (MEN-1 is a famous one), but it's rare. If you have a lot of family members with pituitary tumors, however, all of a sudden it's odds go up! See an experienced endocrinologist!

Dr. Jefferson Chen Dr. Chen
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Generally not: Isolated pituitary tumors generally are not genetic. These are the majority of the pituitary tumors and include prolactin, growth hormone, and non-secreting pituitary tumors. There are associations with other tumors: the multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome-1 (mens-1) that are believed to be genetic linked. This is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion.

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi Dr. Niemi
Clinical Genetics
12 years in practice
University of Oulu Medical Faculty
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Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Recommend evaluation: Most brain tumors are not inherited. But it depends on the type and other associated conditions a patient has. If there are many cancers in a family at an early age, especially if rare cancers, the risk of them being inherited increases. Only about 5% of brain tumors are linked to a genetic condition. But if you are worried I recommend genetic counseling at cancer genetics clinic.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Is there research into any genetic, autoimmune or other condition that links nerve sheath disorders (tarlov cysts, nerve sheath tumor) with autoimmune hypophysitis targeting acth cells? Ctla-4 gene?

Is there research into any genetic, autoimmune or other condition that links nerve sheath disorders (tarlov cysts, nerve sheath tumor) with autoimmune hypophysitis targeting acth cells? Ctla-4 gene?

None that I find: I cannot locate any literature on the two conditions being studied simultaneously. Perhaps one of my more research savvy colleagues here will come up with something. Great question by the way.

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

Probably not but...: Sorry about your mom. Rare types of brain tumors (about 5%) may have genetic increased risk but in 95% of brain tumors there is no increased risk to children. It is impossible for anyone here to know if you have a brain tumor but most "head problems" have other causes. Please see a good doctor who can learn more, examine you and do necessary tests to find the cause of your problems.

Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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Had a genetic testing at mayo due toinactive brain tumor&neuralgia. I now have a lump on my lower spine and over my left knee. Is this nf1.I have no ins?

Had a genetic testing at mayo due toinactive brain tumor&neuralgia. I now have a lump on my lower spine and over my left knee. Is this nf1.I have no ins?

Unknown: Without knowing the other characteristics of your physical exam and the results of genetic testing, it is impossible to determine your genotype. As you went to Mayo Clinic, and had genetic testing performed, you should probably follow up with them and their genetic counselors to go over your results.

Dr. Shari Jackson Dr. Jackson
Radiology
17 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What is benign teratoma?

What is benign teratoma?

Teratomas: Teratomas are a type of tumor or mass made up of different types of tissues. They are congenital (meaning they are present at the time of birth) but may not be detected until later in life. Teratomas can be benign or malignant. Benign means the teratoma is non-cancerous and won't spread to other parts of the body.

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Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Are teratomas something only females can have?

Are teratomas something only females can have?

Both: They can occur in both sexes. Teratomas derived from germ cells occur in the testes in men and ovaries in women.

Dr. Stephen Sudler Dr. Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
36 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What causes an ovarian teratoma?

What causes an ovarian teratoma?

Unknown: Tearatomas arise from multipotential germ cells. What causes them is unknown. They can contain any type of body structure or organ. One old theory was that they were an undiagnosed twin within the baby that was born. The cystic fluid is skin oil from skin appendages, which are common.

Dr. Allen Kamrava Dr. Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal
11 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Difference between pilonidal cyst and teratoma?

Difference between pilonidal cyst and teratoma?

Completely different: 2 completely different entities. One is due to an infection from hair, the other due to cells from embryologic origin.

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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Juan Richiusa Dr. Richiusa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Mostly benign: Most dermis cyst are bening that been said due to there high content of fat they make ovaries prone to torsion. Close follow up should be taken.

Dr. Paul Nowicki Dr. Nowicki
Gynecology - Oncology
20 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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I was told by the hospital I have a teratoma on my ovary. What can I expect now?

I was told by the hospital I have a teratoma on my ovary. What can I expect now?

Surgery is next.: Teratomas of the ovary are special type of tumors that may have skin type tissue inside them, fat, hair, even teeth. Most of the time they are benign, but there are rare instances in which they are malignant. They should be surgically removed (usually removal of just one ovary is done in someone your age). Next step is an appointment with a gyn surgeon to schedule your surgery.

Dr. John Geisler Dr. Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology
23 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to have ovary cyst again after few years after removing the teratoma in ovary?

Is it possible to have ovary cyst again after few years after removing the teratoma in ovary?

Recurrent cysts: Yes, you could have a cyst in the same ovary a few months after a cyst is removed.

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Teratoma (Definition)

Teratomas are benign or maligant growth that may contain multiple cell types. It is possible that they developed from a stem cell that had the ability differentiated into ...Read more