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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?  With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read more

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What family members show signs of x-linked dominant disorder?

What family members show signs of x-linked dominant disorder?

Depends on sex: Any males with the gene will have the disorder assuming the gene is expressed. So will a female. A female with the disease and one x with the gene has a fifty fifty chance of passing it on to her children. If both of her xs have the gene, all children will get the gene. A male with the gene has a fifty fifty chance of passing it on to his daughters but cannot pass it on to his sons. ...Read more

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Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Grandparents too!: When considering close family history, i also want to include grandparents. Although uncles, aunts, cousins may not be as important, include their information if you have it. ...Read more

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Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more

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What's family history most useful for in genetics?

Who, what, how: A 3- generation family history helps geneticists answer parents' questions, whether they have an affected child or are planning a pregnancy. A "genogram, " (schematic drawing) shows the pattern of inheritance of the medical/ behavioral/ developmental problems in question, so the risk of other family members' developing the disorder ( now or in future generations) can be explained. ...Read more

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What types of medicines do they have for memory loss at 59 with family history of dementia?

What types of medicines do they have for memory loss at 59 with family history of dementia?

Two types of: Medications are available: cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept and nmda receptor antagonists like namenda (memantine). The first class increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Namenda (memantine) decreases abnormal brain activity allowing clearer thinking. ...Read more

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Do any particular races have more of a genetic predisposition for developing alzheimer's?

Do any particular races have more of a genetic predisposition for developing alzheimer's?

Not really: Regardless of race, roughly 45% of pts by age 85 yrs will develop alzheimer's. A few families carry genetics which result in early presentation, but most cases, by far, are sporadic. This is an "equal opportunity" disease which occurs most often as a risk of the elderly, and any person of any race who ages is at risk. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting borderline personality disorder with no family history?

What are the chances of getting borderline personality disorder with no family history?

See below: Getting a disorder is an eternal 'nature vs nurture' debate. There are some genetic components in BPD. Environment also plays a role. I look at a personality disorder as the way of relating to the environment, which to some extent is learnt. Everyone has some traits of 'personality disorder', but if you're able to function adaptively in social and work-related spheres, then it is not a disorder. ...Read more

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Is family history of significance in terms of developing kidney stones? I'm other words is there a congenital link?

 Is family history of significance in terms of developing kidney stones? I'm other words is there a congenital link?

Kidney stone: In some cases, family history is important in diagnosing and managing kidney stones. The etiology of kidney stone formation is multifactorial, a small percentage of which is familial. ...Read more

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Hx of petit mal. Any studies done on possible connection with alheimers?

Hx of petit mal. Any studies done on  possible  connection  with alheimers?

Yes: A current study at baylor college of medicine and gladstone institute, with recent results in mice, has indicated a propensity for petit mal seizures to bring about the same destructive changes of amyloid plaque deposits in the brain as we see in alzheimer's. Stay tuned. ...Read more

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Are family members usually able to tell when a member of their family has some sort of mental health problem?

Are family members usually able to tell when a member of their family has some sort of mental health problem?

Not always: Some families tolerate very unusual behavior, or are themselves quite ill and dysfunctional. For instance, families in which there is active alcohol and/or substance abuse often have unhealthy communication problems as well. On the other hand, healthy families usually do notice behavioral changes in each other, but may not be able to diagnose the problem and need a physician's help. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 26 year old with no family history of colon cancer and no genetic disorders having colorectal cancer or polyps?

What are the chances of a 26 year old with no family history of colon cancer and no genetic disorders having colorectal cancer or polyps?

Very low: However, I am curious why you ask. I suspect it is because of rectal bleeding (mentioned in your conditions), which is a medical problem you need to get evaluated right away, to find out what is causing it. Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical, and to get properly evaluated for your rectal bleeding and any other medical problems you may have. ...Read more

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Male, 24, personal history of seizures and big family history of heart disease. Having episodes if chest pain no neck/jaw pain. Anxiety or heart prob?

Male, 24, personal history of seizures and big family history of heart disease. Having episodes if chest pain no neck/jaw pain. Anxiety or heart prob?

Can't say...: You understand it is not possible to diagnose his chest pain as heart-related or not, online, without examination or ecg, without complete knowledge of his risks, and in 400 characters. But. With that said, i will say that the odds are, at the age of 24, it's not his heart. Nonetheless, chest pain should never be ignored. Have it checked out. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

What are the chances of getting ovarian cancer at 24? No family history

Very unlikely: Ovarian cancer typically occurs in older women, after menopause, with an average age of around 60. It's very rare at your age, although they can also be associated with people with a family history of breast and colon cancers. ...Read more

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What constitutes a family history of breast cancer? How close must relative be?

What constitutes a family history of breast cancer? How close must relative be?

Family History BC: Hi, medical investigators typically used the gale questionnaire re: breast cancer risk.The questions would be a first degree relative age less than 50 years old who developed breast cancer. A first degree relative with a brca 1 or 2 mutation. Note:both mother and father's side. This model of familial risk for breast cancer is not as reliable as once was thought. Pls seek bc genetic counselor eval. ...Read more

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What is best source of info of use for genetic family history?

Ancestry: If you want to track your family then there are many websites. www.ancestry.com is a popular choice. If you want to understand more about a genetic disease in your family and how it is inherited, then check out www.Genereviews.Org. ...Read more

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If 2 members of my family died of brain cancer, is there a link?

If 2 members of my family died of brain cancer, is there a link?

Need more info.: Did they have true brain cancer or did it spread to the brain from other place? If it started elsewhere, from when did it come? Did they live together or share exposures? It's a good question but we need more information. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more