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What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

First of all...: ...Alcoholics frequently deny that they drink; so if there are features suggesting fas, you have to be sure the mother really is a non-drinker. That said, cornelia de lange syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (vcfs), & dubowitz syndrome - & probably others - share features with fas, though they are rarer. A precise diagnosis requires a thorough exam and lab testing by an expert in this field. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Definition)

A condition that occurs when an expectant mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. The child may be born with behavioral, ...Read more


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What is the impact on development for a child born with fetal alcohol syndrome?

What is the impact on development for a child born with fetal alcohol syndrome?

Varies: The first FAS babies were described in the 1950'sand born to alcoholic mothers.Since that time a large variation in the intensity of symptoms related to intensity of exposure has emerged. The time during pregnancy and the amount, effected the degree of defects.Some had facial and organ defects and learning problems.Some with lighter exposure show mild ADD or no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What is the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Varies: There is fetal alcohol syn. Fas and fetal alc. Spectrum disorder fasd. The later is more incompassing of risks to the fetus when mother drinks. Rates vary by country and ethnicity. Fas incidence is listed in us, 0.5-2/1000 live births. American indians, 9.8/1000 lb. So. Africa, as high as 38/1000 lb. ...Read more

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Whats the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome in a teen?

Whats the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome in a teen?

Dx is earlier!: There are a\ constellation of issues. One is lower mental functioning, prototypic facial features, and impaired social skills. This a parent inflicted child disease, with no way of correcting basic problem. ...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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Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Not usually: On www.Angelman.Org there is an explanation of the ways in which the genetic errors that cause angelman syndrome can occur.In a very few cases, there is an alteration in mother's ub3a gene or a balanced translocation on her chromosome 15 that increases risk, but usually it's a new mutation. ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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Double marker on 12 weeks said that there is increased risk of Trisomy21. Age is 30. Any problem?

Double marker on 12 weeks said that there is increased risk of Trisomy21. Age is 30. Any problem?

Screening test: This is just a screening test, and indicated you are at an increased risk for Trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome). Your OB should offer additional testing that can say for sure. ...Read more

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Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?

Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?

Depends on the : Degree of low muscle tone ( hypotonia) that is present in a fetus with down syndrome ; the size (smallness for gestational age) of the fetus. Some mothers of infants with ds say they felt less fetal movement than from their non-ds fetuses; others say their fetus with ds was a good " kicker." there is a range of hypotonia in infants with ds, just as there is a range of cognitive ability. ...Read more

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A 21 year old with a history of alcohol and smoking abuse. What are the chances of developing esophageal cancer at this age ?

A 21 year old with a history of alcohol and smoking abuse. What are the chances of developing esophageal cancer at this age ?

Not yet: Chances are slim for this age group. Later in life chances of this cancer and many other cancers starts to escalate. There is never a better time to quit than now! ...Read more

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How dangerous is CT scan of brain in a young adult? Wil it cause any problems in the future ? Is it a risk factor for any disease?

How dangerous is CT scan of brain in  a young adult? Wil it cause any problems in the future ? Is it a risk factor for any disease?

CT scan: Ct scans are safe for most people, and the doctors weigh the need for this information vs the exposure to radiation, etc. If the scan includes contrast ("dye") there may be reactions to this -- but most people are not allergic. Your doctors should be checking your history and be ready for any possibility. Please discuss your concerns with the doctors who already know you. ...Read more

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Is there a specific age or ages that a woman's metabolism slows down?

Is there a specific age or ages that a woman's metabolism slows down?

Thirties, generally.: Our metabolism starts to slow in the mid-30s, which is why starting aerobic exercise before then and continuing it through then and beyond is so important for health and well-being and vitality. By the way, women start to lose bone strength in the mid-30s, too, so start supplementing calcium and vitamin D at that age. ...Read more

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What is the risk of downs syndrome for a 36 year old mother?

1/287: Latest numbers show a risk of 1 in 287 births at age 36 not taking into consideration any other factors. ...Read more

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If someone follows a regimen to avoid the onset of a certain disease but still develops it, is that indicative of a genetic predisposition?

If someone follows a regimen to avoid the onset of a certain disease but still develops it, is that indicative of a genetic predisposition?

Yes: Almost every medical condition has a genetic basis. Family history of disease predicts genetic predisposition & increases one's risk however the road to development of a disease is much more complicated. We know that predisposition is influenced by multi-factorial elements eg. environment, diet, viral triggers, & more. Some diseases appear by spontaneous gene mutation showing no familial trail. ...Read more

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