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Can Being Born Premature Be Genetic
Occasionally: In a few cases, premature birth may be due to hereditary/genetic factors, but causes for prematurity are often unknown. If 2 generations of women have very high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia can occur in pregnancy and cause prematurity. Maybe uterus/cervix shape and size are inherited, so if 2 generations of women have a short cervix, they may deliver prematurely. Drug/alcohol use can be familial. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Yes, multifactorial: an excellent presentation at the American College of Medical Genetics quite a while ago demonstrated that the increased risk of prematurity was similar to isolated cleft lip/palate, and other multifactorial traits--a combination of environmental effects and genetic predisposition. ...Read more
Several things: It depends on what stage a pregnancy is in & what the cause of early labor is. Options include hormones, a circlage (ring that goes around the cervix to hold it closed), strict bedrest, and drugs like beta-agonists and IV magnesium. Blood pressure meds & antibiotics are used for certain types of preterm labor. Steroids are used to help mature the baby's lungs & antibiotics to prevent infection. ...Read more
Too many to list: If you mean what could be wrong, the list is endless. We are each thought to carry recessive genes for up to 4 metabolic mistakes, stuff that may only show up in 1/50,000 births. If we have kids with a close relative, it is more likely one of those defects will show up. There are in excess of 250 metabolic problems (like PKU) known. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure, but...: As with all other healthtap questions about weight loss strategy, the correct response consistently is: reduce calories & exercise. For every pound less you desire, a simple rule of thumb is to reduce 3000 calories--either by making better food choices, reducing portion size, &/or working out (particularly if correctable metabolic issues like thyroid or adrenal gland disease have been ruled out). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: It depends on the type of oi. If a parent has oi, and the genetic mutation they carry has been identified, the fetal dna can be checked for the same mutation. This is done through amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. Sometimes fetal ultrasound can show changes of oi in severe cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fuzzy babies: Babies are generally born with a generous amount of peach fuzz like hair coating most of their body surface, face included. This is generally short & pale in color, diminishing as the child gets older. In some ethnic groups it is much thicker or darker than others ...Read more
Can congenital kyphoscoliosis be hereditary? Why would someone be NEWLY diagnosed with this at age 60?
Prenatal and postnat: Congenital scoliosis occurs during embryonic and fetal development, sometimes genetic, sometimes not. Usually the cause is anomalous vertebrae, like hemivertebrae, or an open spinal defect,or a chondrodysplasia (hereditary abnormality of bone formation).. Postnatal scoliosis may be familial; if diagnosed early, severe problems requiring corrective spine surgery may be avoided.Spinal arthritis? ...Read more
Yes: There's an incompletely understood genetic connection in bipolar disorder. The most convincing evidence is studies of monozygotic twins, in which there's increased likelihood of bipolar disorder in both twins if one presents with this disorder. Children of bipolar parents are at higher risk than others, of developing a mood disorder. Growing up with a bipolar parent brings risks also. ...Read more
Nature or nurture: I believe you can be born with a predetermined sexual preference, as do many who say they knew their own sexual persuasion as young children. While controversial for some, many do believe that homosexuality is determined at birth. Studies have shown that environmental factors play a minimal role in this process. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Poliomyelitis occurs as a rare response to infection by one of 3 subtypes of the polio virus. These viruses commonly live in the intestinal tract and when common, 95% of those infected had no symptoms.Of those who developed the disease, the active distruction of nerve cells and eventual atrophy(shrinkage) of muscles the nerves supplied produced long term disability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthrogryphosis: There is no prenatal test available to test for this condition. ...Read more
Genetics and TOF: The short answer is yes. TOF is the most common of presenting congenital heart disease and multiple studies have been done trying to determine and isolate various genetic mutations. In a paper published in 2006, 20% of the patients with TOF were identified with genetic mutations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Theoretically both partners could have their genomes tested for mutations known to cause genetic diseases. All of us have many mutant genes and as long as both parties do not have defects in the same genes, they could avoid autosomal recessive disorders. If dominant or sex linked defects are discovered, it would make genetic counseling and disease avoidance more difficult. ...Read more
Are learning disabilities found in children with parents that were cousins an what neurological disease can be caused by this. Also. ?
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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