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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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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 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

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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 hereditary component to Fothergills disease?

Is there a hereditary component to Fothergills disease?

Trigeminal neuralgia: There is no hereditary component for trigeminal neuralgia. No geographic tendency or racial differences have been found for trigeminal neuralgia. However, females are affected up to twice as often as males (range, 3:2 to 2:1). In addition, in 90% of patients, the disease begins after age 40 years, with a typical onset of 60-70 years (middle and later life). ...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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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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Is there a genetic component to stomach cancer ?

Is there a genetic component to stomach cancer
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Possibly: There are some asian countries that have higher incidence of gastric cancer, and there is thought to be an association of stomach cancer with smoked foods, excess alcohol, and cigarette smoking. Lifestyle and possibly asian heritage may be associated, but gastric cancer in the us is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic factor of epilepsy?

Yes: Some epilepsies are clearly genetic- many of these are a type of generalized epilepsy (seizures start both sides of the brain at the same time). Less commonly, some partial epilepsies may be genetic (seizures from one part of the brain). Even some acquired forms of epilepsy may have a genetic component- such as epilepsy secondary to head trauma (though not in every case). ...Read more

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Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

yes, but depends: Certain types of paranoia can have a genetic predisposition, and some times it can be caused by drugs or medications. Your best bet is to get a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist and get a better answer that is specific to you. ...Read more

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Is there a large genetic component to stroke risk?

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 neurofibromatosis a polygenic disorder, or is there a single mutation?

Is neurofibromatosis a polygenic disorder, or is there a single mutation?

Single gene disorder: Neurofibromatosis type 1 is caused by a mutation of the nf1 gene on chromosome 17. This gene normally allows your cells to make a protein called neurofibromin. So far we have found more than 500 different mutations in this gene in people with this condition. You just need one mutation to get nf1 - half the time it comes out of the blue, and half the time it's inherited from a parent. ...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 way to test genetically for severe combined immunodeficiency?

Is there a way to test genetically for severe combined immunodeficiency?

Definetely: Severe combined immunodeficiency (scid) are a group of genetic diseases that have in common their manifestation as a severe immune compromise, resulting in lack of defenses against infections. Genetic testing is available is specialized laboratories. A promising development is newborn screening for scid in some states: wi, ma, ny, ca. ...Read more

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Is there a way to diagnose drug induced immune deficiency vs inherited CVID?

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Is there a way to diagnose drug induced immune deficiency vs inherited CVID?

Likely: A drug induced immune deficiency usually goes away after the drug has been discontinued but a CVID would not. Immunologic evaluation can also help pinpoint the immune defect but this can only be done in a research center. ...Read more

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Is it true that there is no genetic test yet available to confirm a diagnosis of Ehler's Danlos Hypermobility type?

Is it true that there is no genetic test yet available to confirm a diagnosis of Ehler's Danlos Hypermobility type?

There r genetic test: There are genetic tests that can be used to confirm Ehler's Danlos Syndrome (EDS) type. You could speak with your physician and referral to a geneticist that could determine which genes are effected. One test that could be used is that of collagen gene mutation testing. ...Read more

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Is there a precursor condition to epilepsy?

Is there a precursor condition to epilepsy?

Yes: Epilepsy can be associated with problems during pregnancy and subsequently during labor and delivery. Some head traumas are complicated by epilepsy. A variety of brain lesions can cause epilepsy, and some medications can provoke seizures. Alcohol and recreational drugs (cocaine, speed) can result in seizures. ...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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Leukemia (Definition)

A cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body's ...Read more