Genetic Inheritance

Genetic inheritance occurs when the genetic material is passed from the parents to their offspring. They are passed in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). It carries essential information for survival, growth, and reproduction from the parent to the next generation. Defects in genetic inheritance cause genetic disorders.

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Can I have a normal child on marrying a girl with a family history of genetic abnormalities?

Query: Hi doctor, I am planning to get married. My father got married to his elder sister's daughter, and my younger brother had cerebral palsy at birth, and my sister has a low IQ but she is manageable. In my fiance's family, her paternal grandfather is married to his sister's daughter. They have a daugh...  Read Full »


Dr. M. Pradeep Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cerebral palsy and low intelligence quotient in your siblings need in-depth analysis. Both these problems happening in consanguineous parents cannot be taken as incidental or independent of each other. The deafness in your fiance's side needs genetic evaluation too. We...  Read Full »

I have keratoconus in both eyes. Kindly advise on my planning for pregnancy.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 years old. I got my eyes checked recently and came to know that I am suffering from keratoconus. Both my eyes are damaged. I got my right eye treated and left yet to be done. I have done research on keratoconus and came to know that the cause of this disorder is unknown, but ...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Keratoconus is a genetic disease, and it depends on both the parents. As you did not show any inheritance, there may be chances that your kids will not show it. Moreover, your husband does not have it, so you are on a safer side. But there is...  Read Full »

In my 32 weeks scan, the femur length of the fetus is 58 mm. Is it due to dwarfism?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a scan at 32 weeks four days, and my femur length of the baby is 58 mm. Should I be concerned about dwarfism? It is a donor egg baby, and the genetic mother is only 5 feet. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Varun Chaudhry

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think the femur length is at the lower limit of normal. This would need to be correlated with other measurements like abdominal circumference and head circumference. If all of these correlates, then maybe consider checking with your doctor. I hope this was helpful.  Read Full »

Can I know whether sudden cardiac arrest occur as a genetic predisposition?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28-year-old woman. Three years back, my elder brother passed away at the age of 31. He got a sudden cardiac arrest while playing football. When we reached the hospital, he passed away at the gate. He suffered for an hour from sudden pain and died due to it. Three years later, my sec...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your first line of investigation is ECG (electrocardiogram) and echocardiography. An autopsy should be done for sudden death victims. Do ECG (electrocardiogram), echocardiography, and fasting lipid profile. If your resting ECG remains normal, then ECG can be done with p...  Read Full »

Does family history have a role in increasing the risk of aortic aneurysm?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67-year-old male with a 4.9 cm heart aneurysm. I was advised to test every year, and also, no one had died in my family because of that. Can you let me know if I need surgery to correct it?  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please tell me what do you mean by a heart aneurysm? Is it an aortic aneurysm? If there is no family history of aortic aneurysm or dissection, then only serial echocardiographies are needed. Once it is 5.5 cm or more, then surgery may be indicated. If you do...  Read Full »

How to increase my daughter's height?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 4 years 5 months old. Her height is 100 cm tall, and weight is 15 kg. I want to know whether the height and weight are normal for that age. My height is 5 feet 7 inches and her mother is 5 feet tall. I am worried about her height. I want her to be at least 5 feet 4 inches. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for providing all the details. I would like to congratulate you that your child is growing quite well right now. The final height depends on many factors. Parent's height determines the genetic potential of the child by which we can have an idea of chi...  Read Full »

Please suggest some supplements to grow taller.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother is a 15 year old boy. I am 157 cm, which I think is short for a 15 year old. Is there any supplement or vitamin that he can take to grow taller?  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Height is quite a concern for teens. We have to figure out that the height we have is predominately a genetic factor. So, traits like height, hair, eyes and facial expression we get it from our ancestor. If your parents are tall, then there are ...  Read Full »

Does Crohn's disease run in families?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done a colonoscopy and gastroscopy ten years back. My colonoscopy report showed mucosa with patchy moderate congestion and erythema. My gastroscopy showed gastritis, duodenitis, and cryptitis. My general practitioner predicted Crohn's disease in the small intestine after seeing my...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Kumar Padhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have Crohn's disease multiple times, you need to take steroids. You may also require Azathioprine and it is a good immunomodulator for Crohn's disease. But it has to be prescribed by the gastroenterologist and it needs continuous monitoring to know its side effec...  Read Full »

What can cause a very pleasurable feeling in the thigh?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. From 12 years of age, I have this pleasurable feeling in my thigh. It feels good and it comes out anywhere. It almost feels orgasmic. I can be standing or sitting and it randomly comes and goes on even without I think about sex. Rubbing it makes me feel better. W...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, there is no known medical condition presenting with these symptoms. Your feeling is variant from the normal. You can consult a neurologist and he can run tests to know the nerves causing these electrical signals up and down. As your situation does not have...  Read Full »

Does schizophrenia run in families?

Query: Hi doctor, My boyfriend's father has schizophrenia. What are the odds that my boyfriend or my future child would get the disorder? Is it risky to marry him? Please help. I am confused.  Read Full »


Dr. Deep Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder and sometimes tend to run in families. However, it does not imply it is a monogenic disorder, where the inheritance rate of disease is higher and more easily predictable. Currently, there is no scientific evidence to...  Read Full »

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