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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Blood Type (Definition)

Refers to the proteins present or not present on the surface of red blood cells. The types are a, ...Read more


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Could you tell me what's the chance of my future kids inheriting my brother's heart defect?

Could you tell me what's the chance of my future kids inheriting my brother's heart defect?

Not very likely: Parent to child inheritance of any form of congenital heart defect (not necessarily the same) runs about 4%. Uncle to child is much less likely as these issues involve sites on several different gene sites (multifactoial). The risk of some unexpected outcome to any pregnancy (cleft palate, prematurity, infection, etc.) runs about 4%. Chd in the general population runs ~1/500. ...Read more

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My fiancé has a sister with preder willi's syndrome... What kind of risk does our future child have...is it genetic ?

My fiancé has a sister with preder willi's syndrome... What kind of risk does our future child have...is it genetic ?

It's complex: Prader Willi Syndrome is caused by the absence of a small part of chromosome 15 either through a microdeletion or through a phenomenon called uniparental disomy whereby both copies of chromosome 15 come from the mother resulting in the paternally imprinted segment being absent. A more rare situation is one in which the process of imprinting is abnormal in the father. This is because the imprinting gene is defective. The greatest recurrence risk is in this latter situation. Although the imprinting defect can be a spontaneous occurrence there can be up to a 50 percent risk that a normal male sibling will carry it and father a child with PWS. Learning the details of his sister’s chromosome studies and consultation with a genetic counselor can guide recommendations for testing your fiancee and determination of risk for your children. ...Read more

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How could my actions affect how my child reacts to a tragedy in the city?

How could my actions affect how my child reacts to a tragedy in the city?

Directly: Children look to adults/parents for cues and clues on how to react. They need to understand at their level what is going on. Do not suppress your reaction as it is honest and real. However, provide your child with age- appropriate cues and answer questions honestly. They know when something is tragic as well and they need to feel safe. (i hope other mds will expand this response.). ...Read more

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Does having Short gut syndrome affect my ability to get pregnant? What are the risks i put my baby in?

Does having Short gut syndrome affect my ability to get pregnant? What are the risks i put my baby in?

No: It should not affect your ability to become pregnant as long as your health is maintained. It will be important that you are receiving the recommended supplements, so they can be provided to the developing baby. All the best. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

Valproate syndrome: In studies reported in the 80's and 90's infants exposed to valproate alone during pregnancy had a variety of issues. About a third showed a recognizable pattern of altered facial features, abnormalities in the formation of the heart, and occasional cleft lip or meningomyelocele. Growth and mental deficiencies were also seen occasionally. ...Read more

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My husband and I have the same blood type. Can it affect pregnancy?

My husband and I have the same blood type. Can it affect pregnancy?

No: Don't worry about this. Generally, stop reading internet scare stuff about blood types -- most of this is simply made up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does my husband's hypothyroidism affect our chances of getting pregnant? How do we deal with it?

How does my husband's hypothyroidism affect our chances of getting pregnant? How do we deal with it?

Get treated: Thyroid disease can affect pregnancy or ability to conceive. Depending on what kind of thyroid disease, it should be treated. Once the thyroid is back in the normal range, he should be fine. ...Read more

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How will caregiving for my in-laws affect my husband and i's relationship?

How will caregiving for my in-laws affect my husband and i's relationship?

It depends!: If your relationship is strong to start with it has more likelihood of being strong when you are care-giving. It could bring you closer together or create negative stress that could pull you apart, i think you and your husband should discuss all the angles before you decide on the best course of action. Good luck. ...Read more

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My fiance has congenital heart defects and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

My fiance has congenital heart defects and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

It depends!: It depends on which congenital heart defects he has, what surgeries have been done to repair them, and what his current cardiac status is now. I recommend having your fiance schedule an appointment with his cardiologist, so that you can ask his cardiologist these questions. ...Read more

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My maternal grandfather nd grandmother both had diabetes. My mom doesn't have it but all her siblings do.Can I also have diabetes? How to prevent it??

My maternal grandfather nd grandmother both had diabetes. My mom doesn't have it but all her siblings do.Can I also have diabetes? How to prevent it??

Diabetes: Both my late mother and my older brother had/have diabetes but at age 71 I have avoided this. Please have one of your family members with diabetes to check your blood sugar - quick and painless. More than likely you do not have diabetes but it pays to be sure. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have high sugar and i'm at risk for diabetes. How can it affect my unborn baby?

The doctor said I have high sugar and i'm at risk for diabetes.  How can it affect my unborn baby?

Many risks: The baby can have macrosomia (large birth weight), increased amniotic fluid, fetal death, neonatal hypoglycemia, jaundice, shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injury, cesarean section, cardiomyopathy. The mother is also at risk for diabetes after pregnancy, especially if she is overweight, older than 35, physically inactive, hispanic or has a family history of diabetes. ...Read more

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What will happen to my families relationship if I report my dad's abuse of my sister?

What will happen to my families relationship if I report my dad's abuse of my sister?

Who knows, BUT: Hoefully it will save and help protect your sister, and others, from future abuse. ...Read more

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How can me having HSV 2 affect my unborn child?

How can me having  HSV 2 affect my unborn child?

Depends: The greatest risk is when you have it first during pregnancy & delivery.At that point there is a greater statistical risk that baby could get the infection and develop a deadly blood and or brain infection within weeks of birth.Secondary outbreaks are less risky & viral sheding can transfer the germ to baby during delivery.Some elect to have a c-section.Discuss your situation with your OB ...Read more

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I have BPD but I can't afford help nor insurance. How can I keep it from affecting my marriage and the upbringing of my infant?

I have BPD but I can't afford help nor insurance. How can I keep it from affecting my marriage and the upbringing  of my infant?

BPD: You past the first step - recognizing your feelings. Try to find a dear friend who will give you buckets of empathy. Exercise lots. Eat three healthy meals a day. Get enough rest and sleep when you can. Take time to be alone with your husband. Journal. Do lots of self talk and encouragement. Try to not judge yourself and others. Avoid negative people. If you need help get it ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my girlfriend has von willebrand disease and i don't what's the chances of our children getting it?

Can you tell me if my girlfriend has von willebrand disease and i don't what's the chances of our children getting it?

More info needed: Some von Willebrand is transmitted genetically and some is acquired by a medication or other factor. What type does your girlfriend have? Her doctor can tell her and then a discussion of potential transmission to offspring can occur. ...Read more

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