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My son had genetic test sent to Harvard For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

My son had genetic test sent to Harvard   For hgb disorder. He also has low muscle tone. Would the genetic testing pick up muscular dystrophy too?

Generally not: That would be like doing a compression test on a car engine and finding a brake problem. You only find (or not) what you're looking for. And muscular dystrophy isn't just a matter of muscle tone. You need to read up on a disease or condition before you start making these transcontinental jumps to conclusions. ...Read more

Dr. Scott McLean
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Genetic Testing (Definition)

Prenatal testing for genetic problems may be done before or after conception. Testing for spina bifida or Down syndrome is done after a pregnancy is established. Besides the couples listed above, counseling and diagnosis are also recommended for mothers over the age of 35, and those who have received abnormal screening test results, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). For more information about the alpha-fetoprotein test, and when and why you might have it, see alpha-fetoprotein. For those who may be at risk, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis are used to help ...Read more


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Is asperger's syndrome caused by genetic factors? If so, is it possible to diagnose it for sure?

Is asperger's syndrome caused by genetic factors? If so, is it possible to diagnose it for sure?

Yes and no: Asperger's is thought to have a complex set of factors in its etiology. It can only be diagnosed clinically. There are no blood tests for it currently. See . ...Read more

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Is it true that asperger's syndrome is genetic, but i'm the only one in my family who is an aspie?

Genetic component : As we learn more about genetics and epigenetics it appears that for many patients with this diagnosis there are genetic causes. They are not easy to identify in many cases and having a genetic susceptibility does not mean a disorder will definitively manifest in obvious signs. For some environmental triggers "allow" the genetic tendencies to produce the signs we associate with aspergers. ...Read more

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Is asperger's syndrome caused by genetic, environmental or epigenetic reasons?

Is asperger's syndrome caused by genetic, environmental or epigenetic reasons?

No one knows: Asperger's syndrome now has been incorporated into autism spectrum disorders, which a great deal of work is being done to answer your question. We believe that genetics plays a major role as well as abnormalities in the neurological function in the brain. Environmental issues seem only to treatment and support of the illness. ...Read more

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Might the genetic factor be the only answer to asperger's syndrome?

Might the genetic factor be the only answer to asperger's syndrome?

Probably not: While genetics most certainly is a factor, it is very unlikely to be the only factor in all cases of asperger's. If you know someone with asperger's it may be that in their particular case genetics is the cause and the only cause, but you can't say that's what's going on in all cases. It's very likely that as we learn more about the syndrome, we'll find that most cases are due to the environment. ...Read more

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I have optic neuritis numbness, balance problems , memory loss and chronic pain do you think I have ms?

I have optic neuritis numbness, balance problems , memory loss and chronic pain do you think I have ms?

It is possible: Certainly, you have symptoms that sound very ms like. But, i cannot say for sure without more info, an exam and mris of your brain/neck. ...Read more

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How can balance problems in MS be treated?

How can balance problems in MS be treated?

Several ways: The imbalance or ataxia in ms is tough to manage, but the following may work: Buspirone occas. Works, physical therapy employing gait and coordination training is useful, wrist and ankle bracelet weights can stabilize. Fundamental is to fully control the ms as potently as possible. Consider one of the newer drugs, and take supplemental vitamin d-3. Canes and walkers may be useful. ...Read more

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Is there any diagnose that can account for a baby born with hypotonia, club feet and facial paralasys? Genetics was not able to find anything.

Is there any diagnose that can account for a baby born with hypotonia, club feet and facial paralasys? Genetics was not able to find anything.

Can get 2nd opinion: A baby with several birth defects that include neurological symptoms can be checked by a pediatrician, a pediatric neurologist, and a clinical/medical geneticist. If no known cause is found, a second opinion can be obtained at the next closest children's medical center. If again no cause is found, then parents can just help care for the symptoms that appear. Many times, a cause is never found. ...Read more

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My 4 months old has hypotonia, wide bridge to nose, eyes wide set, large fore head. Pediatrician unsure but i think somethink genetic is wrong?

My 4 months old has  hypotonia, wide bridge to nose, eyes wide set, large fore head. Pediatrician unsure but i think somethink genetic is wrong?

Seek consultation: There is often a geneticist affiliated with a medical school or children's hospital that can help you find some answers. Some developmental pediatricians have also gained experience in determining which infant features suggest a syndrome or genetic issue. Your dr may be able to help you find a source or look to the above resources. ...Read more

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My son is 8 months old. He has global developmental delay. Hypotonia, Fluid retention and other issues. What genetic disorders could be linked to this?

My son is 8 months old. He has global developmental delay. Hypotonia, Fluid retention and other issues. What genetic disorders could be linked to this?

Too many to list...: Speak to your physician, specialists, and geneticist for clearer answers regarding whether they believe your son's issues are related to a genetic disorder. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Clumsiness (Definition)

When our movements are not well coordinated, we are clumsy. We may drop things, run into doors, or have trouble getting projects done that require coordination of our movements. Some people are just clumsier than others. However, if someone is not usually clumsy and now starts having trouble with hand movements, walking or other movements, a visit to the ...Read more