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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I suffer from scoliosis. Will it affect my future child?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 8 inches and my weight is 71 kilograms. I got married last year and want to start my family now but I am concerned about genetics. I have a backbone issue by birth. My back is a little towards right from the center on the top side so I want ...  Read Full »


Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The back bone problem is basically scoliosis. It will cause a slight change in the posture when you bend forwards. This is not genetically transmitted so you do not need to worry. Your future baby will not be affected from this condition but a regular check-up for o...  Read Full »

Is it possible for the child to be born with type 1 diabetes if the father has diabetes and the mother does not?

Query: Hi doctor,Can a girl with no family history of diabetes marry a boy having a family history of type 1 diabetes? What will be the effect on babies? Are there any repercussions?Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. A child with parents who have diabetes will not always have diabetes. However, theoretically, if the father has type 1 diabetes, the chances of a child being born with the same condition are around 8 %, which is...  Read Full »

What is the heritability of schizophrenia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male in good health. I have suffered bouts of depression for the past few years along with anxiety and OCD. I am on Zoloft every day and am doing well for the most part. I am staying active and keeping busy. The reason why I ask this is, that on my mother's side the...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the history provided, I see that you do not have any first degree relatives with schizophrenia. So the risk is not high. This condition can run in families, but the risk is more when you have first degree relatives with schizophrenia (like parents, sibling...  Read Full »

Will I inherit multiple sclerosis from my dad?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old female, I would like to know if multiple sclerosis is hereditary? My dad has it, and I am very nervous to inherit this disease. I have had two brain MRI's that have been normal, except for an incidental finding of a pineal gland cyst. I continue to worry about inhe...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajay Panwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is clear that you are not having MS (Multiple sclerosis) as of date. None of your symptoms are typical of multiple sclerosis. Back and thigh pain is posture related and tremors are anxiety related. Repeated MRI's being normal further rules ...  Read Full »

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 daught...  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. ...  Read Full »

Does prostate cancer have a strong family history?

Query: Hi doctor, My father was detected to have prostate cancer, but they did not give any stage of his cancer. I am worried about his prognosis. How long he would survive? They have removed his testes and advised him to take Andro Block for life time. They used the term highly suspicious of prostate canc...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I sympathize for the medical condition of your father. Unfortunately, he has moderate to advanced cancer of the prostate (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The biopsy report is suggestive of moderate cancer as per Gleason's score, but if we cons...  Read Full »

Is deaf and dumb problem hereditary?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a marriage proposal where the girl's father and his brother are mute and deaf. But, surprisingly the children are at good health without any issues. Can I go ahead to marry her? Are deaf and dumb hereditary? Kindly advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is always a small risk of having a child with deafness, even if there is no family history of deafness (1 in 1000). In this case, the risk would increase. But this would be dependent upon whether the girl carries the gene for deafness. So, precise risk can on...  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 »

Is there a way to prevent little moles from coming all over my body?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl and I am starting to notice little moles all over my body. Nothing unusual or worrisome. My mother and grandmother are also covered in moles so I guess I should have expected it. My question is, is there a way that I can prevent them from coming in or at least ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are not moles. These are called dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN). It a genetic condition, runs in families. These have to be removed individually. Options are: Radiofrequency caute...  Read Full »

If my kids acquire benign familial macrocephaly, can it be treated at a young age?

Query: Hello, I am a 30-year-old male. I was born with benign familial macrocephaly even though none of my parents had a large head. Since I was a kid, I was abused for having a large head. I am worried that my kids will also have this condition. So is there a way to treat it early as my child is still a b...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinic.com. Since it is familial macrocephaly, it cannot be treated, unfortunately. However, you can adjust the hair and clothing to appropriately mask the head size by modifying the hair line, keeping the hair dense, and wearing slightly bigger clothing while the child goes out o...  Read Full »

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