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Ashkenazi Genetic Diseases
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
HHT is genetic: Hht also known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia is a genetic condition that causes differences in how blood vessels are formed causing so-called arteriovenous malformations (avms) which on skin are called teleangiectasias, thus name of condition. Currently three genes are known to cause it. Nih site has good info: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: Many tumors can and do have a genetic inheritance pattern associated with them. However, many people develop tumors spontaneously without any family history and without any known risk factors. If you have something specific that you would like to discuss please feel free to write to me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi And use Key Code: PDXFNR IF PROMPTED. ...Read more
It depends: In rare families, there is an abnormal gene that is transmitted to children and there is 50% probability that the children will eventually develop alzheimer's disease. However, it is usually in families where several members develop alzheimer's disease in early age. Otherwise, there is inheritance of the form of apolipoprotein that increases the risk of developing alzheimer's disease earlier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Genetic diseases by definition are carried in the dna of the patient. This can be evident early, like total albinism, or not be evident until very late in life like huntington disease. They may be inherited from their parents or emerge as a new mutation. New mutations, if not lethal, can be passed to future generations. ...Read more
Sometimes: There are two diseases termed "paget's disease." one is a rare type of breast cancer with unknown, likely multifactorial, etiology. The other is paget's disease of the bone for which there is a genetic predisposition and exposure to certain viruses may trigger the disease. Here's a link to more info about pagets of the bone: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pagets-disease-of-bone/ds00485. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes.: Although it's true that most congenital anomalies (duodenal atresia, ventricular septal defect) have some (currently known or unknown) genetic underpinning, some clearly do not (amniotic band deformation sequence, hydranencephaly, gastroschisis, porencephaly) and some are due to teratogenic exposures unrelated to genetic information (valproic acid, paroxetine, coumadin, (warfarin) enalapril, alcohol). ...Read more
Possibly: Because tay-sach's disease is one of several genetic diseases that can occur in people of ashkenazi jewish background, when screening is done for this disorder, usually several other disease states are screened for as well. This is a very complicated area to discuss and genetic counselling is best left to experts in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some of it: Even though 8 out of every 1000 babies born will have have some form of heart defect, when there is a first line family member affected the number goes up to about 16-30/1000 (for some particular defects this number will be higher) so this would suggest a genetic component...We just haven't learned enough about genetics and the heart to be more precise, but this is changing every day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Refsum's disease : The following link is a comprehensive review of Refum's disease by the nih. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/refsum-disease ...Read more
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