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My sister says she has discitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has discitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

It depends.: Discitis is usually caused by infection (in which case, it's not familial). ...Read more

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My sister says she has parotitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has parotitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Usually not: Only the individuals who experience recurrent parotitis often have a positive family history. ...Read more

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My sister says she has narcolepsy. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has narcolepsy. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has pyomyositis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pyomyositis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Polymyositis: She probably has polymyositis, an inflammatory disease causing muscle weakness and atrophy. Most cases are isolated and there is little liklihood that other family members will get this conditon. ...Read more

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My sister says she has mucormycosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has mucormycosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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 more

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My sister says she has addison's disease. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has addison's disease. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has spondylolisthesis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has spondylolisthesis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Perhaps: There are several types or causes of spondylolisthesis (slippage forward of one spinal bone on top of the one below it). It is not strictly inherited (as in a single gene), but the tendency toward it probably is influenced genetically. ...Read more

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My sister says she has pancoast syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pancoast syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has choledocholithiasis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has choledocholithiasis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No: Choledocholithiasis (common bile duct stones) is not a hereditary condition. Gallstones are more common, however, in women. ...Read more

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My cousin says she has a problem with confusion. 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

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My sister says she has cholera. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has cholera. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has sciatica. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has sciatica. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

To some degree: If her sciatica is due to bulging discs in the back or a hereditary subtype of arthritis, then it is more likely to run in families. That being said, it is a complex disease with multiple interacting factors, and genetics plays only one part. ...Read more

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My sister says she has pericarditis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pericarditis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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 chronic pain. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has chronic pain. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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My sister says she has pheochromocytoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pheochromocytoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Sometime: About 25% of pheochromocytomas are familial. Both urine and blood tests can be diagnositc. ...Read more

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My sister says she has traveler's diarrhea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has munchausen syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has de Quervain's tenosynovitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has acute angle closure glaucoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has acute angle closure glaucoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Can run in families: Yes. Angle closure glaucoma is more common in asians, women, older patients, and far-sighted patients. Family history of angle closure glaucoma is also a risk factor. You should be seen by an eye doctor to decide if you are at risk for angle closure glaucoma. ...Read more

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My sister says she has anemia. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has anemia. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

A little: Most anemia is due to iron deficiency. This is likely dietary but might also be from bleeding. These are mostly individual and do not run in families. A few forms are inherited so if your sister has one of these, then you should also be tested. ...Read more

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My sister says she has ptosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has ptosis. 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

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My sister says she has hip pain. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Not necessarily: There are many causes of "hip" pain. What many people refer to as hip pain is not true hip joint pain. Heredity can play a role in the tendency to develop arthritis in the hip but it is not 100%. ...Read more

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My sister says she has cocaine abuse. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has pyelonephritis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pyelonephritis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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My sister says she has bleeding tendency. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has bleeding tendency. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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

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