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What Age Should We Test For Huntingtons Desease
Celiac diagnosis: The age at which you suspect the diagnosis. You test whenever the symptoms occur and are consistent with possible celiac disease. I know of people who have been diagnosed in early childhood and at advanced ages. The oldest person I have seen diagnosed and successfully controlled with diet was my own mother, who i always assumed had been tested decades ago. Just shows we need to think of it more. ...Read more
Prevention: If a parent is known to carry the huntington's mutation, there is a 50% chance they will pass this to their offspring. If undergoing ivf, the embryos can be testing for the gene, so that only unaffected embryos will be implanted. If already pregnant, chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis can test for the gene, and affected pregnancies have the option of termination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early in discovery: The current incidence is 5%. However there have been 2 new genes identified which may shed further light on this matter. The LRRK2 and the Alpha-synuclein genes have been implicated in familial cases of Parkinson's disease. There is more to come! Please visit the Michael J Fox Parkinson's foundation website for more information. Take care. ...Read more
Human papillomavirus: Can we expect blood tests in the future? What about a cure even for hpv? Very curious.. (27yr old male)
No and no. Sorry!: No blood test for HPV is commercially available or expected soon. They are used in research but not accurate enough for patient care. Once a blood test is positive, it is positive for life, long after the infection is gone. True cure of HPV also is unlikely. Happily, the immune system clears almost all infections, and the large majority cause no disease, even the types with the high cancer risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5 signs : 1 sudden numbness or weakness face, arm, legs. 2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding 3. Sudden trouble seeing, blurred or double vision 4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance 5. Sudden severe headache for no obvious reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See details: There is no specific testing needed unless you have symptoms that suggest cardiovascular involvement. The only tests i would recommend as routine that could predict vascular issues are for antiphospholipid antibodies and lupus anticoagulants. ...Read more
What to do if my girl baby is 2 yrs old.she is suffering from gaucher disease (type -1)i want to know about?
Metabolic Specialist: There are many excellent internet resources, including the National Gaucher Foundation (www.gaucherdisease.org) and the NIH'sG enetics Home Reference (ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/gaucher-disease). Ask your doctor for a referral to a metabolic or genetic specialist for further care. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are chances for me to experience early symptoms of Parkinson's disease at age 16?
Parkinson's disease: The chances are very very low. The risk may be higher if you have.A first degree relative with the disease who's condition also started at a very young age. The risk could be higher if thee is a known familial type of parkinson's disease among your relatives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
10 year old boy is not anemic,normal blood work but high esr at 30? What causes it? Should we be concerned? What other tests shall we ask the doctor?
Stop worrying: ESR is a famously unreliable test, useful only when it's quite far from the reference range and in a few clinical settings. If Junior seems well, I wouldn't even have ordered it. If this was my own son, I wouldn't give this a second thought. Junior's lucky to have caring parents like you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have Crohn's disease in remission for about 2 yrs. & need to know what are the symptoms of early pregnancy in Crohn's patients.?
Same as anyone else: It's great you're in remission. Symptoms of pregnancy are the same as for any woman without crohn's. It's important to talk with your doctor about your crohn's. It's important for the baby to keep your disease under control. Many medicines are safe for pregnancy, but some (methotrexate for example) are not. So let your doctor know if you become pregnant, or if you are thinking of becoming pregnant. ...Read more
Does anyone know what tests to ask for to test for diabetes when fasting for cholesterol levels anyway?
My wife has elevated ca 19-19 marker reading during routine health screening blood test. What do we do next to confirm if there is cancer or otherwise?
Is it CA19.9?: We usually do not recommend any tumor markers in routine blood test because they are neither sensitive nor specific. CA19-9 is frequently elevated in pancreatic cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancers, and etc. It can also be elevated in some benign conditions such as cholangitis or gallstones. Depending on its level, a CT scan and see GI doctor will be helpful. Did she have any symptoms? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have 4-month old girl patient with polycystic kidney disease.w/o genetic studies, how do I know w/c type?
Not all doctors givehpv tests withpaps& docs wait til age 30 for hpvtesting why?Why 30!if have high grade at age30 how would you treat that 30yearold?
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