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Doctor insights on: My Twin Brother Was A Hemophiliac

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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?

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?

Rarely: There are some families where there is an increased risk of leukemia or other cancers. This sounds like just random cases that happened to occur over a few generations in your family but I am sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. ...Read more

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My husband has a cousin born with club foot. I’ve heard this is a genetic condition. Should I be worried about my baby?

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 more

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My friend, 56 yrs of age, was diagnosed today with a blood clot in his head, What happens now?

My friend, 56 yrs of age, was diagnosed today with a blood clot in his head, What happens now?

Blood clot: what happens now varies, depending which area of the brain is affected by the blood clot, some blood clot can be dissolved with medication ( tissue plasminogen activator) if there is no contraindication to use it ...Read more

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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.

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

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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 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.

Normal finding: A PFO is a common finding in humans. It has a flap over it that is usually closed after birth when blood flow requirements change.I would look to something else as a trigger for palpitations. ...Read more

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My son was born with one testicle. Can he have a replacement?

My son was born with one testicle. Can he have a replacement?

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

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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?

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 more

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My friend is 22 and never had a period since she was born. She's a female. What is her condition called?

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

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If im a twin and my husbands mom is a twin is there a high chance ill have twins?

If im a twin and my husbands mom is a twin is there a high chance ill have twins?

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 more

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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 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 ?

Don't freak out: Typhoid is caused by salmonella germs that do not pass through such casual contact.Contact with the germs in stool water during food preparation or contact with contaminated pets would be a more worrisome exposure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I''am a twin , will my daughter have twins?

I''am a twin , will my daughter have twins?

None: since you are a twin, your daughter is more likely to give birth to twins than a woman Who is not a twin. The ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is the only way to know for sure ...Read more

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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?

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