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Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

In part: Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Does multiple sclerosis have a hereditary component?

Does multiple sclerosis have a hereditary component?

Yes: No single gene for MS has been found or likely to be found. Multiple genes have been identified which in different population studies worldwide seem to increase risk or protect against ms. The vast majority of these genes relate to immune system function. Genetic background, combined with environmental trigger likely trigger this disorder. ...Read more

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Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Hard to answer: Either of these can be a very serious, difficult to treat illness. Some forms of lupus are fairly benign, some cases of MS are quiet without many symptoms. Either can lead to a healthy life with a normal life span though. ...Read more

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Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Tough to predict: The course of ms is variable, and no two patients are ever alike. One might hope, in the end, that the outcome is mild or benign, but it is almost impossible to sort out early in the disease. Many specialists would treat, and modify interventions as time progresses. ...Read more

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Is paraneoplastic degenerative hereditary or a spontaneous occurrence?

Is paraneoplastic degenerative hereditary or a spontaneous occurrence?

It doesnot make sens: The two words paraneoplastic degenative, juxtaposed next to each other do not make sense. So something is missing in what you are trying to say. Tell us what you have wrong and we can explain. _paraneoplastic means that one has some remote changes in the body which are due to a cancerous tumor somewhere in the body.Give us some details of your history like, you have any recent diagnosis of cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for tuberous sclerosis?

Is there a cure for tuberous sclerosis?

No cure only help: Once a person has the ts gene they have its associated problems for life. They can acquire it from a parent or get it as a new mutation, but the mutation effects every cell in the body. It can be very mild. I knew a college grad who adopted rather than risk passing it & she just had a bit of skin findings. I have treated many who had the soft tumors come up in the brain, kidneys etc. With many pbs. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis caused by a gene?

Is multiple sclerosis caused by a gene?

No: The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, there is some evidence that is related to a viral infection and there is evidence that genetics plays a part. However, there is no conclusive evidence that there is a single cause. In the end, we may find that "susceptible" individuals exposed to a trigger at the "right" age, with the right genetic profile go on to develop ms--thus a multifactorial cause. ...Read more

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Is Scoliosis related to Multiple Sclerosis?

Is Scoliosis related to Multiple Sclerosis?

No: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks nerves and nerve wires in your brain and spinal cord causing many different symptoms. Scoliosis usually refers to excessive curvature of the bony part of the spine and not the spinal cord. Scoliosis can present with pain ...Read more

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Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Not autoimmune: Dermographism is a common type of physical urticaria (hives) and unrelated to food and environmental allergies. It is not related to autoimmune disorders. For a brief review, go to my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/. ...Read more

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Does multiple sclerosis runs in families or is it considered genetically inherited?

Not genetic disorder: Ms does seem to run in families, but does not occur as a hereditary condition. Rather, our genetic makeup confers either susceptibility or protection, and we have identified genes in both categories. Even if susceptible, without environmental influences, such as latitude, the disease will not occur. So, multiple factors play a role affecting our immune system expressions. ...Read more

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Help! is multiple sclerosis a result of single or multiple gene disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

Help! is multiple sclerosis a result of single or multiple gene disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

Not genetic mostly: There are no signs that multiple sclerosis is a sign of a chromosome disorder. Although there is likely a genetic component, this appears to be a very small role. This is not the type of disease where if you have the gene, you get the disease. It tends to be sporadic. It is an auto-immune disease where antibodies attack the white matter of the brain and/or spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is there a demyelinating disease other than MS which is also caused by an autoimmune disease?

Immune demyelination: Yes. Best discussion go to uptodate.com I recommend using only uptodate to find medical info on web. ...Read more

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What is a legent for multiple sclerosis?

What is a legent for multiple sclerosis?

What is a legent?: Not sure what legent means. Some people ask about lesion, or legend, or ligand, are any of those what you mean? Feel free to ask again, asking questions is free. ...Read more

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Detective Work: No one diagnostic study can stand alone to conclusively diagnose ms. A neurologist must be a detective, hunting out clues from symptoms suggesting abnormal function in the brain or spinal cord white matter, of appropriate duration (greater than 24 hours) coupled with abnormalities on examination. Mri, spinal fluid, and certain blood tests. This information can help exclude MS mimickers. ...Read more

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Which type of genetic disorder is raynauds disease?

Which type of genetic disorder is raynauds disease?

Vascular Disease: While there is an obvious genetic predisposition for everything that happens to us, raynauds disease involves spasm of the muscular lining of the arteries. In cold weather they shrink, and hot weather makes them dilate but they do so maximally. Ask your dr. About Pletal (cilostazol) which has shown excellent results in treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a hereditary component to tourette's syndrome?

Is there a hereditary component to tourette's syndrome?

Yes: The gene has not yet been identified, so mode of transmission is also unknown. Fathers usually have a history of tourette's or undiagnosed chronic tics, anxiety with features of OCD & adhd. Mothers may have a history of anxiety/ocd & adhd without tics because of partial penetrance of the gene. Because it can come from either parent, researchers look at autosomes, not the sex chromosomes. ...Read more

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What could be a trigger factor of multiple sclerosis ms?

What could be a trigger factor of multiple sclerosis ms?

Etiology for MS: Not difinite yet could be enviornmental could be genetic could be infectious scientists are still working on. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more