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Genetic joint problems. Is there a young adult type of inherited arthritis?

Genetic joint problems. Is there a young adult type of inherited arthritis?

Yes: There are many inheritable forms of arthritis. They belong to a family of disorders called autoimmune diseases. There is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly juv rhematoid or jra), but that typically occurs younger. There are also conditions like psoriasis, sjogrens, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis to name a few. Consultation with your primary care doc or a rheumatologist would be useful. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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What sort of disease is a congenital abnormality in a baby?

What sort of disease is a congenital abnormality in a baby?

Birth defect: Congenital anomaly is an anatomic abnormality present at birth. There are many conditions that place a baby at risk for having one, but often the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Does culture play a role in the acceptance of congenital abnormalities?

Does culture play a role in the acceptance of congenital abnormalities?

Yes: In Japan, there is a terrible stigma to many birth defects, and even non-defects like being left-handed. Among ignorant people of any kind (and forgive me if saying "ignorant" offends the local multiculturalists), birth defects lead to superstitious fear and often ostracism -- or refusal to get needed corrections ("It's God's punishment.") Having a birth defects is hard enough without all this. ...Read more

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Is a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

Is a congenital anomaly in the cervix is dangerous?

It depends: Your question is not very precise. I would answer that if your congenital anomaly is about structure only and does not pose increase risk for bleeding or is not an obstruction probably not. However may pose risk for getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy. If by congenital anomaly you mean some kind of dysplasia it may be dangerous. You really have to ask your doctor who knows more about you. ...Read more

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Is it true that the chances of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality increases as a womans age increases over 40 year?

Is it true that the chances of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality increases as a womans age increases over 40 year?

Yes: It actually increases to a small degree with every year after peak fertility in the mid 20's. At 40 the risk of a trisomy 21 down syndrome reaches 1% while at 45 it reaches 2%. This number is added to the random risk of 4% that any pregnancy has of an unexpected event (cleft palate, premi, other defect). ...Read more

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Are birth defects in amish caused by a mutation or a chromosonal abnormality?

Are birth defects in amish caused by a mutation or a chromosonal abnormality?

Both: Birth defects occur in every group of human beings on this earth. Often the cause is genetic, including chromosome rearrangements and mutations in single genes. Babies born to amish mennonite parents are no different. But in close-knit communities - amish, bedouin, roma, etc - parents are more likely to both carry the same mutation and bear a child with a genetic disease with # birth defects. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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What is the chance a retinal cavernous hemangioma is acquired in early childhood versus congenital?

What is the chance a retinal cavernous hemangioma is acquired in early childhood versus congenital?

Probably congenital: Retinal cavernous hemangioma is a benign retinal vascular tumor that is believed to be congenital and inherited (autosomal dominant). These lesions can be associated with similar central nervous system vascular anomalies, as well as skin vascular malformations. There are usually not symptomatic or progressive, and are probably most often found incidentally during a routine eye exam. ...Read more

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Is the lack of family structure a major cause in child obesity?

Is the lack of family structure a major cause in child obesity?

Can be significant: Unhappiness in a child can lead to overeating, particularly sweet foods, a major cause of obesity. ...Read more

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Is tetralogy of fallot a hereditary problem?

Is tetralogy of fallot a hereditary problem?

Not typically.: Most cases are isolated and sporadic. It accounts for 5-10% of all congenital heart defects. 15% of tof cases are part of known genetic syndromes (down, digeorge, alagille, phenylketonuria) or associations (charge/vacterl) and some are linked to poorly controlled preconceptional maternal diabetes mellitus. Recurrence risk: 2.5% with one prior affected child, 8% with two. Folic acid may prevent it! ...Read more

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What is meaning of a congenital heart defect in baby, especially the atrial septal defect?

Unfinished formation: The heart develops originally from a long tube that folds on itself in the embryo & forms the main chambers & features. The walls between the chambers are outgrowths that come together. If the walls did not completely form a gap will exist.In the upper chamber if a gap is left the atrial septal defect is "unfinished formation". ...Read more

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What is the most common age at which a congenital heart disease presents by heart failure?

What is the most common age at which a congenital heart disease presents by heart failure?

2 months old: The most common forms of chd which is ventricular septal defects, if large enough and non-restrictive would cause congestive heart failure at 1-2 months of age. There are, however, forms of critical congenital heart disease that would present with chf, cyanosis, and/or shock within hours - few days after birth. ...Read more

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What is the average age for developing heart disease in males?

What is the average age for developing heart disease in males?

Average?: Not really an average age. Cv dz depends on many factors: age, race, family history, lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, weight, smoking, alcohol, coffee, drugs), other health problems (diabetes, dyslipidemia, high bp), etc. Arteries may generally harden over time, but we'd like to prevent coronary artery dz in everyone. Even so, we describe CAD as premature before 45. Risk may triple every 10 yrs. ...Read more

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What is the genetic abnormality that is associated with late-onset alzheimer?

What is the genetic abnormality that is associated with late-onset alzheimer?

Apolipoprotein E: The best documented and most important is having apoliprotein in as e4 from at least one of your parents. There may be some other genes involved as well but they probably have only a minor influence. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma in a male age 27?

How common is melanoma in a male age 27?

Why do you ask?: Not common. But the most common cancer death among young men. If a concern, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more