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My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

IPF: There have been cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis reported in families. I have one patient who has had several family members have this process. There are no formal recommendations for family members of patients with ipf. I would make sure that your primary care physician is aware of your family history and is able to refer you to a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition of scarring of the lungs with no known cause resulting in worsening cough ...Read more


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My mother has ipf & is end-stage & on oxygen 24/7. She has lost a lot of weight. She can hardly walk from one room to another. How long will she live?

My mother has ipf & is end-stage & on oxygen 24/7. She has lost a lot of weight. She can hardly walk from one room to another. How long will she live?

Unknown: Sorry about your mom. Hard to give specific numbers without an examination, her doctor can best provide an estimate based on averages. For most terminal conditions if sleeping most of the time, spends most of day in bed or sitting when awake, having frequent infections, and/or no longer has much of an appetite then likely prognosis is weeks to months. Ask for hospice for additional help for her. ...Read more

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My mother died in 1997 of a horrible disease called my cancer is it in my genes to and is it possible that I'm gonna die of it too ?

My mother died in 1997 of a horrible disease called my cancer is it in my genes to and is it possible that I'm gonna die of it too ?

Sorry to hear: If you are asking "can I ever have cancer?", the answer is yes, just as any one can. If you are worried about increased risk due to your mom, it depends on many factors. At your age cancer is rare but I suggest you discuss this with your doc. He/she will review your personal and family history and make recommendations for you. ...Read more

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My mother had alzheimer's disease and she dead 10 years ego. How likely is it that i get this disease?

My mother had alzheimer's disease and she dead 10 years ego. How likely is it that i get this disease?

Depends on onset: There are a few rare cases where alzheimer's disease (ad) does run in families. These tend to be cases of 'early onset' ad, which affects those under the age of 65. In these cases, the probability for brothers, sisters and children will develop ad is one in 2.If a family member has a normal form of ad, the risk to close relatives is around three times that of a person with no family member history. ...Read more

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I'm adopted. Just discovered my Maternal Grandma died from acute kidney failure. My Mother is Stage 4 Kidney disease. What should I watch out for?

I'm adopted. Just discovered my Maternal Grandma died from acute kidney failure. My Mother is Stage 4 Kidney disease.  What should I watch out for?

Annual blood tests: Unfortunately chronic kidney diseases do not generally cause symptoms unless they are pretty advanced. Assessment of kidney function is achieved by routine blood and urine test (that's how they are generally and accidentally found). Ask your doctor if you have not done it already to check your urinalysis and basic metabolic panel and if they are normal, no worries! ...Read more

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Hi...I'm a 52 yo woman and have noticed my hands tremble occasionally and i'm having a really hard time remembering things. My mother died two years ago from an atypical Parkinson's disease and i'm scared to death i'll suffer the same fate b/c my med

Hi...I'm a  52 yo woman and have noticed my hands tremble occasionally and i'm having a really hard time remembering things. 

My mother died two years ago from an atypical Parkinson's disease and i'm scared to death i'll suffer the same fate b/c my med

See your doctor: This is probably not parkinson's, since memory is not impaired early in the disease. Don't wonder/worry about it, but see your doctor for a complete history and physical, likely followed by a consultation with a neurologist. Once you find out what is going on, you will be much better prepared to deal with it. ...Read more

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I am 35 years old. My mother's sister died of breast cancer years ago. Am i at risk of getting this disease? My doctorsaid that I have mass in my left breast. Please help.

I am 35 years old. My mother's sister died of breast cancer years ago. Am i at risk of getting this disease? My doctorsaid that I have mass in my left breast. Please help.

Very common problem : I advise you to see a breast surgeon for evaluation of the lump found by your doctor. After examination+/- ultrasound+/-needle biopsy, this dr. Should be able to determine the cause of this lump. Btw-- having an aunt with breast cancer (esp after menopause) does not significantly change your cancer risk. Actually, most breast cancers are environmental, not hereditary. ...Read more

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