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Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Yes and no: In dogs narcolepsy is a genetic disorder. In humans the gene is not sufficient by itself to cause narcolepsy. Something else triggers it, so that only one of a pair of identical twins might have it. We do not know what triggers it, but it could be an infection that triggers an auto-immune response. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


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Have you ever heard of the genetic disorder known as nerofibromatosis(nf) because I have nf2 and I am just looking to see if it us well known?

Have you ever heard of the genetic disorder known as nerofibromatosis(nf) because I have nf2 and I am just looking to see if it us well known?

NF syndromes: Nf is one of the best known of the neuro-cutaneous syndromes (skin findings suggest nervous system problems) is has several distinct forms. Many are new mutations but these can be inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. A second ncs is tuberous sclerosis. ...Read more

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Can deviated septum be a genetic disorder, and if so what chromosome is affected?

Can deviated septum be a genetic disorder, and if so what chromosome is affected?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum is a common issue. It can be caused by trauma, position in utero and even during the birth process.In some craniofacial abnormalities and syndromes, there are septal issues. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to "catch" a genetic disease?

Is it possible to "catch" a genetic disease?

Not in the : Conventional sense. A child inherits genetic disease from her/his parents. But it is not possible to "catch" a genetic defect like you catch an infection. ...Read more

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Genetic disease "t s", what does it stand for?

Tuberous Sclerosis: Tuberous sclerosis is often called ts or tsc. It is a hereditary disorder that is characterized by individuals devoloping a small benign lesion called a hamartoma in various organs including the brain, lung and kidneys. Ts fact sheet from nih at http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/tuberous_sclerosis/detail_tuberous_sclerosis.Htm. ...Read more

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How are communicable and genetic disease different?

Very different: Communicable disease are diseases that you can catch from someone else. Genetic diseases are caused by changes in your genes. Genetic diseases can only be passed on from your parents. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: genetic disease?

Caused by a gene(s): A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result in a genetic dis. ...Read more

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In your expert opinion, what is the worst genetic disease that exists?

In your expert opinion, what is the worst genetic disease that exists?

Lethal: There are lethal genetic diseases that prevent a baby even being born. Many of these are due to major chromosomal defects. In terms of devasting diseases affects people, there are any number that are distressing and have profound affect on people and their families in so many ways. ...Read more

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How can a genetic disorder be started?

Abnormal genes: A genetic disorder is caused by one more abnormalities within a genome. These abnormal genes can be inherited from your parents or can be a sporadic change. There are many genetic disorders that are caused by one abnormal gene, but there are also many other disorders that have both genetic and environmental components. Some of these disorders are present at birth and others manifest later in life. ...Read more

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. Michelle Zetoony
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Narcolepsy (Definition)

Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by extreme sleepiness every few hours during the day and frequent, unexpected sleep attacks. This sleep disorder is believed to be caused by a decrease in a protein in the brain. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but its ...Read more