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My Twin Brother Was A Hemophiliac
My uncle and cousin (uncles daughter)both had acute leukemia at 65 and 50 years old. I didn't think leukemia was hereditary?
It is not: But I have certainly seen clustering of blood cancers in some families. ...Read more
Is leukemia hereditary my grandmothers sister died from leukemia and now my youngest daughter died from it no one else in my family has it?
My husband has a cousin born with club foot. I’ve heard this is a genetic condition. Should I be worried about my baby?
No: There is a genetic component involved but this is small. If present, this can be usually detected at the 20 week ultrasound. If it is detected at this time, then is is important to rule out other malformations. If club foot is the only anomaly, an orthopedic surgeon evaluates the baby and outlines a treatment plan that involves physical therapy and perhaps surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My sister-in-law had a teratoma while she was pregnant with my niece, who was born with a great amount of body hair. Could there be a connection?
No connection: There is not a scientific reason that things would be related in any way. ...Read more
My maternal great uncle had mds and his daughter had apl leukemia. Is my family at risk? Or was his likely environmental?
Family disease: You should consult with a medical genetic specialist to analyze your family tree and give you advice. ...Read more
My mother had lupus for 17 years. And I have a twin sister. Is lupus genetic and is there a chance that I or my sister could get lupus?
Yes: There is a genetic link but the risk is still very low. ...Read more
How can I tell whether I have the hyper ovulation gene or not? My grandfather was a twin and my mothers twins died before I was born.
Not sure: I'm not sure what you are referring to by the term, "hyper ovulation gene". Are you referring to ovarian cancer? See a family doctor or an ob/gyn to discuss your family tree and history to make sure you're not at increased risk of a genetic cancer. Consider re-phrasing the question, as well, when you have a more specific name for the hyper ovulation gene. ...Read more
I have a PFO closure? Is a PFO hereditary? In what year was it checked for at birth? My son was born in July 1982 and he's been getting palpitations.
I need help! my 16yr old sister was told she has a congenital heart defect. Im pregnant and worried about my baby?
Replacement ?: The workup of this problem includes looking for the missing testicle, which could be high in the groin or inside the abdomen. The area is explored at surgery and if found, an attempt is made to bring the testicle into the scrotum.If there is no testicle a synthetic one could be placed.Waiting until puberty to do so could avoid repeated surgeries. ...Read more
My oldest daughter(7 yrs) was diagnosed with a uti. Then my youngest daughter (5 yrs) the same. & now me. Conscience? Or is toilet seat transferable?
??the diaggnosis: I would wonder about the accuracy of the diagnosis.Two sisters with uti's, never seen it. Some accept DX based only on white cells in a randomly collected urine.A culture from a clean catch is best. If both were accurately diagnosed, i cannot see any reasonable way to put them together, certainly not a toilet seat.Victims of abuse maybe, but nothing usually encountered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend is 22 and never had a period since she was born. She's a female. What is her condition called?
Amenorrhea.: Amenorrhea means no menstrual cycle. Of course he needs much further evaluation to check the hormone level as well as the ovaries to see if everything is actually normal or perhaps there is a genetic abnormality. This is one you should go to a gynecologist for further evaluation and definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Almost certainly not: Bacterial pneumonia, with the probable lone exception being tuberculosis, is not "contagious". Most bugs which cause pneumonia are carried with us in her mouth, and to a lesser degree, our GI tract. viral lung infections, influenza in particular, can be extraordinarily contagious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter is 12 years old , she had an accident in last june with broken elbow, now she is developing myositis ossificans?
Sorry: Bad problem no good or easy answer. ...Read more
hypeovulation: Particularly if fraternal twins. Usually inherited through maternal lines is ability to drop two eggs at same time.. Hyper ovulation is the tendency to release multiple eggs during ovulation, increasing the chances of conceiving dizygotic (or fraternal) twins. So, in families where the women have a gene for hyperovulation, genetics would sufficiently explain an increased presence of fraternal twin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 2.5 yr old toddler kissed a relative of mine( my pregnant sister in law ) on cheek who has just been diagnosed with mild thypoid. Toddler has had ?
My great uncle had myelodysplasia and died from it at 65. His daughter had apl leukemia at 54 which was chemo resistant.
Is this genetic?
It could be?: Some of the cancers are hereditary and can run in the family. It is likely to be genetic. If you have any personal questions, you can ask....we can address them so that you are better informed. ...Read more
I got tested for rheumatoid factors. My results was 12 UI/mL I'm 19 yr old and my mom has lupus. I was told this is a high number for my age? True?
Depends on the lab: The result may be normal. The level depends on how the lab does the test and what their normal levels are. Remember that relatives of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis can also have positive Rheumatoid Factor and not have Rheumatoid Arthritis.. This suggests that there are some genetic factors or immunogenetic (immunology of the genetic system) factors that are invovled ...Read more
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