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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

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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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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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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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Can you get a brain disease as a child, or do you have to be born with it?

Brain diseases: There are a variety of brain disease. There are infections acquired during pregnancy that can produce congenital brain damage; there are genetic disease and disorders of development that keep the brain from forming normally (like hydrocephalus, encephalocele, etc.), which are obvious at birth, there are genetic diseases present at birth that do not manifest till later in the 1st or 2nd year. ...Read more

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I have alcoholism. It's a brain disease i inherited, right?

I have alcoholism. It's a brain disease i inherited, right?

Well, yes: I agree with my colleagues about the genetic issues in alcoholism. But even though it's "a brain disease [you] inherited, " you are still responsible for dealing with it. I hope you've chosen to involve yourself in a recovery program like aa or other. Otherwise, you are not actively working on your addiction and it will worsen. Alcoholism really does kill people. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain disease.?

Describe the features of a brain disease.?

What kind?: I need more info to answer your question. How do you know it is a brain disease? In general, the brain is an organ just like your heart, lungs and liver. Things can go wrong in a number of ways: biochemically, electrically or structurally. ...Read more

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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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I was diagnosed with organic brain disease, what to do?

I was diagnosed with organic brain disease, what to do?

Your neurologist: should have a nurse or other staff member who can direct you to public or private services & funding, depending on the degree of your functional impairment. Ask a family member to visit the doctor with you to dicuss prognosis & expected needs. You may qualify for SSI, Medicaid, case management by a medical social worker,in-home care, etc. If not offered, ask for resources now. ...Read more

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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


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Brain Diseases (Definition)

You have asked an extremely broad question as there is a very long list of injuries that can cause what you call brain disease. The list would include trauma, tumors, aging diseases such as alzheimer's or parkinson and then there are diseases from infection ...Read more


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