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Is there a genetic component to diverticulitis? Is it hereditary?

Is there a genetic component to diverticulitis? Is it hereditary?

Probably: Diverticula of the colon are very common, and will be found in individuals with low risk factors for the disease suggesting that they are genetically predisposed to the disease. ...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


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Is there a genetic component to leukemia?

Is there a genetic component to leukemia?

There can be: But not in the sense that it is inherited within family members. An example is those individuals affected by down's syndrome have an abnormal chromosome and acute leukemia has a higher incidence in this population. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component involved in HELLP syndrome?

Is there a genetic component involved in HELLP syndrome?

Unknown: Good question. The underlying cause of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome is one of the great unanswered questions in obstetrics. Hopefully one day we will know the answer and find a way to predict and prevent it ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component to this disease that I can pass down to my kids?

Is there a genetic component to this disease that I can pass down to my kids?

Need more info: Need more information about which disease. Discuss with your md and or genetics counselor. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic component to blindness?

Sometimes: Many diseases of the eyes can be inherited. ...Read more

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My mom suffers from extremely dry eyes. Will I have dry eyes when I'm older as well? Is there a genetic component to this condition?

My mom suffers from extremely dry eyes. Will I have dry eyes when I'm older as well? Is there a genetic component to this condition?

Possibly: Dry eyes are relatively common. The potential to get dry eyes may have a genetic component in some people. As we age, we produce less tears, and become relatively drier. Additionally, certain behaviors can make our eyes dry (smoking, being dehydrated, using the computer for hours each day), as well as medications. You may not end up with the same problems, depending on your health and lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to angina?

Is there a large genetic component to angina?

Yes Yes Yes: Family history is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Unlike smoking, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, there is nothing that one can do about being born into a family where there is early coronary artery disease. However, knowing that a close relative has heart problems, should motivate one to give up smoking, get plenty of exercise, attain ideal body weight, glucose and cholesterol! ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to stroke risk?

Possible: Some types of stroke are definitely genetically determined such as factor v leiden deficiency. Diabetes and elevated cholesterol, both of which are often genetically determined, in turn predisposing to stroke. ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

Is there a large genetic component to cerebrovascular disease?

Not really: Though there are rare genetic stroke syndromes (eg cadasil), for the vast majority of strokes, risk factors with a strong genetic component (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol) are the much bigger contributors to strokes and heart attacks often running in families (getting these diseases increases risk of stroke). ...Read more

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Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

Yes: Classically this was demonstrated in the pima indian population, but it is common to have a familial trend in non-native americans as well. ...Read more

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Does Parkinson's disease have a genetic component?

Does Parkinson's disease have a genetic component?

Yes!!: Current thought says many factors are involved. Pd is more common in areas with high agricultural chemical use & in those working with heavy metals or toxic chemicals. We also know that genetics are involved with several identified mutations causing higher susceptibility & rare families with dominantly inherited pd. I believe the key & cure of pd will be found using genetic breakthroughs. ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to coronary vascular (artery) disease?

Is there a large genetic component to coronary vascular (artery) disease?

Yes, but: The genetic component is not modifiable (yet) so we focus on what can alter the outcome despite the genes: avoidance of smoking, blood pressure control, lipid control, weight control and exercise. ...Read more

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Does GAD have a genetic component? I had my first anxiety attack at 13, during my parent's ugly divorce and I am now 62 and still battling GAD....

Does GAD have a genetic component? I had my first anxiety attack at 13, during my parent's ugly divorce and I am now 62 and still battling GAD....

Yes: There is ongoing evidence for genetic factors in anxiety disorders but the precise genetic mechanisms are not understood.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181683/ ...Read more

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What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological. Ms. Cidp...Etc.

What is the genetic component to autoimmune disease? I know someone with 6 people in their family with them...& all are neurological. Ms. Cidp...Etc.

Multiple sclerosis: Good question. Many autoimmune disorders have a prominent genetic predisposition with variable degree of inheritance. We believe most of those conditions require a dual trigger: one being the genetic predisposition and the other some type of environmental trigger (viral infection) that starts the immunological reaction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: genetic linkage?

What is the definition or description of: genetic linkage?

See below: Genetic linkage is the tendency of genes that are located proximal to each other on a chromosome to be inherited together during meiosis. Genes whose loci are nearer to each other are less likely to be separated onto different chromatids during chromosomal crossover, and are therefore said to be genetically linked. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic linkage/mapping question?

Can you tell me about genetic linkage/mapping question?

I doubt I can BUT: One of the other Healthtap doctors might be able to. Give us a try. Please submit a clear & specific question about this subject. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic linkage and recombination?

Can you tell me about genetic linkage and recombination?

Inappropriate?: This this question health-related or for homework? Please explain if for the former. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genetic linkage and map distance?

Can you tell me about genetic linkage and map distance?

Yes but: You need a medical reason to use this service. Please state what it is, or else check Wikipedia. This is not a medical chat room ...Read more

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Is it true that diverticulitis is a hereditary disease?

Is it true that diverticulitis is a hereditary disease?

Generally not: Diverticular disease is generally a sporadic, acquired problem with the large intestine (mainly left colon and sigmoid colon) and considered to be caused primarily by poor fiber diets. This causes smaller stools and higher colonic pressures required to evacuate those stools. There are rare inherited connective tissue disorders associated with diverticular disease but these are the exception. ...Read more

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What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

What food can I eat with diverticulitis?

Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds, popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation. ...Read more

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What meds do they use for Diverticulitis?

What meds do they use for Diverticulitis?

You use antibiotics: Antibiotics are prescribed only when you are symptomatic
to cover usual colon bacteria, bowel rest and pain meds ...Read more

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How can I naturally deal with diverticulitis?

How can I naturally deal with diverticulitis?

Fiber/H2O, activity: 25-30 grams of fiber daily with good hydration and daily exercise will improve your bowel habit, keep you regular and reduce the risk for diverticulitis and hemorrhoid flare ups. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of severe diverticulitis?

What are the common symptoms of severe diverticulitis?

Symptoms: Well, it will all depend on what you have, but mainly abdominal pain and fever. Other things can happen, but generally speaking if you have abdominal pain (usually in the left side) and fever, you should go and see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can diverticulitis develop in a child less than 2?

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How can diverticulitis develop in a child less than 2?

Misinformed: Diverticulitis is almost exclusively an adult's condition. ...Read more

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Which medicine to take for diverticulitis is most effective?

Remember: That management of acute diverticulitis may require medications that address nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain and infection. So there are many medications effective in treating diverticulitis and the associated symptoms. If you are wondering about antibiotics, common ones used are ciprofloxacin combined with metronizadole (or clindamycin), Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Unasyn, Zosyn, or Timentin. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes some people to get diverticulitis?

Diverticulitus: Is an infection of small pouches that forms on the outside of the colon or large intestine, most often on the lower left side of the abdomen. This most often occurs due to either chronic constipation or a diet low in fruits, vegetables or dietary fiber. Need to avoid junk foods ; eat more fruits ; vegetables. ; have a higher fiber diet. ...Read more

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What should I do at home to treat an attack of diverticulitis?

See your doctor.: First and foremost, if you suspect that you are having an episode of diverticulitis, you need to see your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for outpatient treatment. If so, oral antibiotics and a liquid diet are advisable until the pain +/- fever resolves. ...Read more

Genetic Linkage (Definition)

Genetic linkage is the tendency of genes that are located proximal to each other on a chromosome to be inherited together during meiosis. Genes whose loci are nearer to each other are less likely to be separated onto different chromatids during chromosomal crossover, and are therefore said ...Read more


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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more