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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not contageous: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that occurs in persons with seriously compromised immune systems. I hope that your sister is under the care of competent, experienced physicians. She will benefit also from loving support from her family. Good luck to her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer