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How common is genetic testing if I want to get it done for a hereditary brain disease?

How common is genetic testing if I want to get it done for a hereditary brain disease?

Depends: It depends on the specific disease you're referring to. Genetic tests may or may not be useful, but I would ask your physician regarding your specific condition or see a geneticist. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Brain Disorders (Definition)

Genetic brain disorder is a condition in which a person has a problem in the brain, related to a defect or mutation in his genes (DNA). Some conditions have symptoms in infancy, some appear gradually as a child grows, while other conditions show up in adulthood. These disorders include problems forming nerve cell connections, problems handling nutrients such as amino acids, problems getting waste material out ...Read more


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Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Brain tumor is a genetic disease? My father had this disease it may affect me in my future? If yes means what I want to do?

Recommend evaluation: Most brain tumors are not inherited. But it depends on the type and other associated conditions a patient has. If there are many cancers in a family at an early age, especially if rare cancers, the risk of them being inherited increases. Only about 5% of brain tumors are linked to a genetic condition. But if you are worried I recommend genetic counseling at cancer genetics clinic. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

No: Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by many things including but not limited to, poor intrauterine envirmonment, perinatal infection, prematurity with brain bleed and lack of o2 prior to or at the time of delivery. ...Read more

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Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance?

Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance?

No: You are most likely dealing with the genetic inheritance. You might want to ask your neurologist for advice but I am not aware of any medication for this ; surgery has no place in this condition. I must say that cerebral atrophy at your age is a bit unusual. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder?

Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder?

Good question: Cerebral palsy is a description of disorder in control of muscles that remains static. Most cases are due to some damage or malformation of the brain that leaves it as a chronic clinical condition. Some cases are associated with genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders. Some are due to trauma or due to stroke or due to brain infections. Genetic disorders may make them more prone to cp. ...Read more

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My husband has cerebral atrophy due to genetic inhrtance medicine gven by doctor NT benefiting. Is there any medicine or surgery to benefit him.

My husband has cerebral atrophy due to genetic inhrtance medicine gven by doctor NT benefiting. Is there any medicine or surgery to benefit him.

There is no treatmen: There is no treatment for cerebral atrophy, once brain cells have been lost the damage is permanent.
Treatment is directed towards the symptoms and complications and includes
1 meds that change the amount of chemicals that control brain signaling or treat symptoms of cognitive impairment,
2physical therapy to improve function and ability to perform
3psychlogical counseling and support. ...Read more

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Is the dominant side of your brain determined by your genetics?

Is the dominant side of your brain determined by your genetics?

In part, yes: But the vast majority of folks have the left side of brain as dominant, even in the majority of left handers. ...Read more

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Can brain aneurysm be genetic?

Can brain aneurysm be genetic?

Occasionally: Most aneurysms are sporadic and not familial. If two or more first degree relatives in a family carry aneurysms, it is considered genetic and aneurysms are present approximately 10% of the time in those families. ...Read more

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What causes Brain Shrinkage in Young Men? Besides Genetics im trying to avoid my Brain From Shrinking

What causes Brain Shrinkage in Young Men? Besides Genetics im trying to avoid my Brain From Shrinking

Think stops Shrink: Eat well, keep socially connected and do things which exercise your brain--- reading books, finding a challenging but satisfying job, and playing games which require mind-power is a good start. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of brain cancer, is it heredity or genetic?

What is the frequency of brain cancer, is it heredity or genetic?

It is neither: Common, nor hereditary. There seems to be damage to genes, as in most cancers, and some forecast response to therapy (loss of chromosome 1). The dread glioblastoma, the far end of the histologic spectrum, has had very little progress therapeutically. Despite its local resistance, chemo approachs encourage many, but surgery and radiotherapy seem stalled. ...Read more

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Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Does genetics play a role in developing a brain tumor?

Yes.: In certain brain tumors, genetic mutations have been discovered. Some of these are 'passed down' from parent to child. Others are new and spontaneous. There are many different types of brain tumors, both benign and malignant. Each has its own unique genetic risk. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Rarely: Hi. Yes, there are genetic syndromes that cause pituitary tumors (MEN-1 is a famous one), but it's rare. If you have a lot of family members with pituitary tumors, however, all of a sudden it's odds go up! See an experienced endocrinologist! ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Generally not: Isolated pituitary tumors generally are not genetic. These are the majority of the pituitary tumors and include prolactin, growth hormone, and non-secreting pituitary tumors. There are associations with other tumors: the multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome-1 (mens-1) that are believed to be genetic linked. This is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. ...Read more

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Are astrocytomas genetic? My mother had one and I am wondering if I should get a brain mri, would that tell me anything?

Are astrocytomas genetic? My mother had one and I am wondering if I should get a brain mri, would that tell me anything?

Astrocytomas: Astrocytomas are not normally inherited, there are syndromes in which they can occur but it is unlikely you fit this category. As long as you have not had any symptoms I do not think an MRI would be of help at this point. ...Read more

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Recently had a brain MRI said severe cerebell atrophy. Neuroligist said I was fine, don't worry, now mom diagnosed with psp. Is this genetic. She 78.

Huh?: "severe cerebellar atrophy" on MRI and you're fine? No balance, coordination, or speech problems? You might want to get a second opinion from a movement disorders neurologist to see if your mother's problem (and your mri) are related to a genetic spinocerebellar atrophy syndrome. (there is a decent wikipedia page on the sca's). ...Read more

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I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

I have head problems since 2 yrs. Is it a tumor. Is brain tumor genetic bcz my mom was diagnosed with the same and passed away bcz of lung infection.

Probably not but...: Sorry about your mom. Rare types of brain tumors (about 5%) may have genetic increased risk but in 95% of brain tumors there is no increased risk to children.
It is impossible for anyone here to know if you have a brain tumor but most "head problems" have other causes.
Please see a good doctor who can learn more, examine you and do necessary tests to find the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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Had a genetic testing at mayo due toinactive brain tumor&neuralgia. I now have a lump on my lower spine and over my left knee. Is this nf1.I have no ins?

Had a genetic testing at mayo due toinactive brain tumor&neuralgia. I now have a lump on my lower spine and over my left knee. Is this nf1.I have no ins?

Unknown: Without knowing the other characteristics of your physical exam and the results of genetic testing, it is impossible to determine your genotype. As you went to Mayo Clinic, and had genetic testing performed, you should probably follow up with them and their genetic counselors to go over your results. ...Read more

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Amyloidosis, all my symptoms, heart, liver high ggt, brain, neurological, gasrto and urinary, lungs. GFR not released, what is the genetic blood test?

Amyloidosis, all my symptoms, heart, liver high ggt, brain, neurological, gasrto and urinary, lungs. GFR not released, what is the genetic blood test?

Self-diagnosis?: Amyloidosis can mimic anything. It's not especially treatable so there's no hurry diagnosing it. Ask about a serum protein electrophoresis and urine test for Bence-Jones for amyloid AL. Amyoid AF is a neuropathy / pain syndrome and I wouldn't waste the money. Amyloid AA labwork isn't specific; it's rare in the absence of leprosy etc. I'd have a fat biopsy -- maybe you actually do have it. ...Read more

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Can cerebral aneurysms be genetic?

Can cerebral aneurysms be genetic?

Yes: There are some conditions that lead to these - see your neurosurgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Docs, could a cerebral embolism be due to genetics?

Docs, could a cerebral embolism be due to genetics?

Embolism cause: Rarely are embolisms due to genetics. An embolism is a piece of material that goes from one place in the circulation to another usually causing and organ damage. Theoretically they can be related to genetics if you were to inherit a clotting disorder or a propensity to develop plaque on your vessels. Certain coagulopathies (conditions which make you prone to clot) can be inherited. ...Read more

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Is thyroid disease life threatening? Can it be cured without medicine! Is it genetic?

Is thyroid disease life threatening? Can it be cured without medicine! Is it genetic?

Poss-Unlikely-Yes: Thyroid disease is easily treated WITH medicine. There is definitely a genetic component. Some can be cured, most need tx, there are many thyroid dz's. Please do not rely only on alternative (medicines) cures, if there is a real documented thyroid problem. As I said they are easily tx'd, unfortunately yes people do die from untreated thyroid disease, which is something that should not happen! ...Read more

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In what areas of medicine is personal genetics testing a routine part of disease diagnosis and treatment?

In what areas of medicine is personal genetics testing a routine part of disease diagnosis and treatment?

Oncology/cancer: Many cancers are genetic so many oncologist will use genetics to identify those at higher risk ...Read more

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Help please! Is drug addiction a brain disease?

Help please! Is drug addiction a brain disease?

Addiction = disease: It looks and often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease.

See the video, "pleasure unwoven, " available from www. Instituteforaddictionstudy. Com or watch it in segments on youtube. Explains why addiction is a brain disease & not a choice. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Not quite sure: What you mean. Any brain problem is "complex" because the brain is complex. So yes, drug addiction is a complex brain illness. ...Read more

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Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Beautiful mind: Watch the movie beautiful mind - knowing he has a problem he chooses his response, same way it does not matter what the issue is based on it is the choices that people make creates the healing or addiction process. Addiction is a community issue when a person is under inflence they are a danger to children and community. To integrate people with issues we need rules to have a healthy society. ...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