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How common is genetic testing if i want to get it done for a hereditary brain disease?

How common is genetic testing if i want to get it done for a hereditary brain disease?

Depends: It depends on the specific disease you're referring to. Genetic tests may or may not be useful, but i would ask your physician regarding your specific condition or see a geneticist. ...Read more

Dr. Maulik Shah
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Genetic Brain Disorders (Definition)

Genetic brain disorder is a condition in which a person has a problem in the brain, related to a defect or mutation in his genes (DNA). Some conditions have symptoms in infancy, some appear gradually as a child grows, while other conditions show up in adulthood. These disorders include problems forming nerve cell connections, problems handling nutrients such as amino acids, problems getting waste material out ...Read more


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Is there any degenerative brain diseases caused by liver disease?

Is there any degenerative brain diseases caused by liver disease?

Yes: Chronic poorly controlled liver disease can lead to a condition of brain injury called hepatocerebral degneration. This is not to be confused with the delirum that is seen with liver failure and is reversible ( hepatic encephalopathy). Hepatocerebral degeneration is a less reversible problem seen after years of advanced liver disease and has features like parkinson's disease, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What all can cause degenerative brain disease?

What all can cause degenerative brain disease?

Broad question: In general if it is good for yuor heart it is good for your brain. Exercise, control of high blood pressure, diabetes and weight. ...Read more

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What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

What does it mean i have nerve pinching brain disease?

Unknown Dialect: Unfortunately, the phrase you're using is one that as this neurologist is concerned doesn't really strike a chord. I know what "nerve pinching" could mean. I know what brain disease is...but hybridizing those 2 takes it out of my recognition radar. My apologies. Got a description of the symptoms involved per chance? If you'd like to tell me in a private word: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Is dyslexia a brain disease or a disease of a different organ?

Is dyslexia a brain disease or a disease of a different organ?

Definitely brain: Dyslexia, or trouble with decoding written material, is a result of certain parts of the brain not processing information properly. Reading is a relatively recent requirement for survival in evolutionary terms, so it is not all that surprising that problems in that domain are so common. It can't be "fixed, " but a number of well-established interventions can help greatly to ease the problem. ...Read more

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Is ptosis from a brain disease?

Is ptosis from a brain disease?

Causes of ptosis: Eyelid ptosis, or drooping eyelid, has a number of possible causes. The most common cause of ptosis that is seen as part of the aging process is called involutional ptosis and is due to the stretching of the muscle fibers that lift the eyelid. Eyelid ptosis may also be caused by brain conditions such as stroke, tumors, or blood vessel irregularities, but this are not as common. ...Read more

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Treatment for chronic demyelinating brain disease?

Treatment for chronic demyelinating brain disease?

Drugs exist: Previous answer on stress reduction which is really important.However, medications exist that can help too. It does depend on which demyelinating problem (ms, cdip), and what type as some treatments are more indicated for certain kinds of ms for example.Many are powerful immune-modulating drugs, and can be by mouth, shot or IV depending. Best to see someone skilled in treatment, such as neurologist. ...Read more

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Can dim vision be a symptom of brain disease or tumour?

Can dim vision be a symptom of brain disease or tumour?

Yes/no: If you asked me to list out brain related causes for this symptom, I certainly can do so. HOWEVER, I am sure that an opthalmologist can also list out numerous eye causes as well. I would start with a routine eye exam and have a clean bill of eye health before worrying about other causes. ...Read more

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Is ischemic microvascular brain disease related to stroke?

Is ischemic microvascular brain disease related to stroke?

See comments: Are you referring to radiology reading of an MRI of brain? In elderly, often thought that white matter lesions are associated with "microvascular angiopathy", sign of potential atherosclerosis. Maybe potential stroke risk, especially lacunar infarct, but not straightforwards. Your physician needs to assess stroke risk. Spots more likely from migraine or prior injury. ...Read more

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Staring a lot. Am I just tired or do I have a brain disease?

Staring a lot. Am I just tired or do I have a brain disease?

Depends: The illness s to rule out is absence seizures that will involve periods of time where you stare and lose time. It is an absence of movement. Need more information to determine other causes. Are you bored or what? Are you aware of staring or do people tell you this behavior? ...Read more

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What proof is there that schizophrenia is a detectable brain disease?

What proof is there that schizophrenia is a detectable brain disease?

Clinical Exam: There is no neuroanatomical 'proof' of schizophrenia (though there is no such 'proof' that headaches exist either). There are some neuroanatomical correlates to schizophrenia (increased lateral ventricular size and corresponding decrease in gray matter), though such findings are not specific enough to be of diagnostic utility. The disease is detected through a comprehensive clinical assessment. ...Read more

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What is life like for a baby with tay-sachs or other degenerative brain disease?

What is life like for a baby with tay-sachs or other degenerative brain disease?

TAY- SACHS D.: CNS degenerative disorder with enlarged head, infantile spasm, lossof vision, mental and motor difficulty from floppy to rigidity, usually die early in life ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

No: Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by many things including but not limited to, poor intrauterine envirmonment, perinatal infection, prematurity with brain bleed and lack of o2 prior to or at the time of delivery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about white brain disease?

Can you tell me about white brain disease?

Do you mean white: Matter disease? If so, the most common causes of white matter disease include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, and a family history of stroke. Of course the differential includes multiple sclerosis which is a predominately white matter disease. I hope this helps. Take care and good health. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a degenerative brain disease?

How to know if I have a degenerative brain disease?

Symptom collection: People with degenerative brain disease, like Alzheimers disease, have progressive symptoms that affect multiple neurological functions for several months or longer. All of the neurodegenerative illnesses are like this. It distinguishes them from other types of illnesses, like stroke, MS, etc. ...Read more

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. Chirag Patel
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Brain Diseases (Definition)

Brain diseases include many different areas and etiologies, but generically this refers to disorders of the brain tissue. They can be grouped into six categories, each of which requires a different treatment: tumors, traumatic in nature, neurodegenerative (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), ...Read more