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It depends.: Discitis is usually caused by infection (in which case, it's not familial). ...Read more
Usually not: Only the individuals who experience recurrent parotitis often have a positive family history. ...Read more
Yes: Narcolepsy is a genetic abnormality and can occur in multiple family members although many single isolated cases also occur. Symptoms generally begin in adolescence. There are tests that can be done to see if you have the genetic susceptibility to narcolepsy, but they don't necessarily indicate you have the condition. ...Read more
Addison's disease: Addison's disease (below normal function of the adrenal gland) is an autoimmune disease. If one member of a family has autoimmune disease, then other members may too (risk about 1-2%). But autoimmune disease can effect any organ, most common the thyroid, but also liver, adrenal, red blood cells, ovaries, lung, etc. Thus it is not possible to predict what kind of symptoms others might get. ...Read more
No: Pancoast syndrome is caused by the pressure of a tumor high up in the top of the lung on the nerves (brachial plexus). This is usually from a lung cancer. Family members may not have the same risk factors that caused the lung cancer and if they do it may develop elsewhere and not in the same location. Most lung cancers are associated with smoking. If all family members smoke, they should stop. ...Read more
My sister says she has choledocholithiasis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
My cousin says she has a problem with confusion. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Confusion: If this is an obvious sudden episode pt needs evaluation with labs, ct of brain or mri. If this is normal and the confusion is recurrent or frequent may be early dementia alzheimer's type. There is some genetic predisposition to personalities where may be normal in families to be forgetful at times if there are no other signs of significant dementia. ...Read more
Cholera: The disease cholera (severe diarrhea due to a bacterial toxin) is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated water and food. Sudden large outbreaks are usually caused by a contaminated water supply. Direct person to person contact is rare. Thus your risk of getting this from your sister is extremely low, unless you were directly exposed to the same source from which she got her infection. ...Read more
No: Urticaria affects about 1 in 10 or 12 people but it doesn't run in families. ...Read more
Probably not: The usual cause of pericarditis is a virus and/or is "idiopathic" (doctor talk for we don't know the cause). These do not affect family. Rarer causes are cancer, TB or bacterial infections, also unlikely to be familial. Some autoimmune diseases may run in families but are very uncommon. So, in short, almost certainly not a worry. ...Read more
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My sister says she has traveler's diarrhea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Minimally so: "travelers diarrhea" is common in areas of poor infrastructure, where your fook or drink may become contaminated by someone elses feces due to contaminated water or poor sanitation. If your sister's family members are traveling with her, then "yes", they are also at some risk. However, if good personal hygiene is used (good handwashing, etc), the contagious risk is very low. ...Read more
My sister says she has munchausen syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Not catchy: Muchausen is a psychologic condition where the patient deliberately harms themselves in order to get attention of medical professionals. Most won't readily admit they have it, so I would question whether they are just messing with you. I wonder about her need for attention from you. ...Read more
My sister says she has de Quervain's tenosynovitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
NO: This type of tendonitis is usually associated with repetitive activities that aggravate the tendons. It is not typically considered a hereditary condition. Family members are not more likely to get the the same thing. ...Read more
My sister says she has acute angle closure glaucoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Unlikely: Most ptosis is individually acquired and not inherited. Your sister's ophthalmologist can evaluate her and tell you why she has it. You are unlikely to have the same history. ...Read more
Genetic addiction: As noted by dr liebowitz, it is not known how much of a genetic component there is to addiction. Addiction clearly runs in families and anyone who has a family member addicted to a substance is likely more prone to addiction to that substance. That being said, everyone is addicted to something. Though drug addiction is more dangerous, the behavioral patterns are the same for all addictions. ...Read more
Not usually: Pyelonephritis is not usually a familial condition and is not contagious. If there is a family history of kidney infections or kidney failure, then some congenital anatomic conditions may predispose to the development of recurrent infections, and these may occur in multiple family members. ...Read more
Bleeding disorders: Bleeding disorders do tend to occur more in the same family than in the general population, but the risk to other family members is not high. The simple way to know your risk is to have the same tests done that your sister did. ...Read more