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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 have moles all overbody. Please help.

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 cautery....  Read Full »

My daughter has been growing slower than expected for her age. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am writing to you about my daughter, who is 16 years old. We have been concerned about her height for some time and recently came across information about growth hormone deficiency. My daughter has been growing slower than expected for her age. Kindly help.Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern.Growth hormone deficiency can indeed impact a child's growth rate. However, consulting with a healthcare professional is essential to determine the underlying cause of your daughter's slower growth. A pediatrician or endocrinologist can assess her ...  Read Full »

I married my first cousin. Will this affect our child?

Query: Hi doctor, I have married my first cousin, daughter of my maternal uncle. I would like to know, will there be any genetic issue with our future kid. What are the things we need to take care off? Do we need to take any test? Could you please give some guidance on this. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your situation. Genetic disorders are more likely in such marriages. I am not trying to scare you but if there is any familial disease in your family it would be good to get it checked in early pregnancy. Any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, a...  Read Full »

My son has MCADD and developmental delay. What could cause this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a seven and half-year-old son. He has metabolic genetic illnesses MCADD and not able to break down fats to produce energy. So has to eat carbohydrates and drink on time to maintain his blood sugar levels as well. He has chylomicron retention disease which is not being able to abs...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This seems to be more of a genetic disorder, unfortunately. The genome sequence of your family needs to be done in order to find the fault. However, this is only from a diagnostic point of view. It is not going to change the medical treatment for the children. Also, th...  Read Full »

Does someone need to have one Caucasian parent to be Duffy positive?

Query: Hi doctor,Does someone need one Caucasian parent to be Duffy positive if they are African-American with the Duffy Positive Antigen, phenotype fy (a-b+)? The Duffy Positive Antigen is much more common in Caucasians than in African-Americans. African-Americans are usually Duffy Negative or Duffy Null,...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hi, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern and will try to help you with it. Below are the answers to your questions according to my opinion. 1. No. To be Duffy-positive, it is not necessary to have one Caucasian par...  Read Full »

Please suggest some supplements to grow taller.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother is a 15 year old boy. I am 5.1 feet, 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 ar...  Read Full »

My grandmother had ovarian cancer. Could it be genetic?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother had a big goiter that she did not get it removed. Later she got a large cyst on the ovary. I mean 8 kg. When she removed it, she found out she had ovarian cancer. She removed it and is healthy today. Now I am terrified that this is hereditary. What do you think? I am so...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Bhushan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, it is perfectly normal if your grandmother had and now your mother is started having premenopausal irregular cycles at age of 44, there is no harm in having menopause at this age and studies have concluded that early menopause protects from breast and ovarian ...  Read Full »

My girlfriend's mother stammers. Is it a genetical problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am in love with a girl, and we got permission from both the family for our marriage. But, my parents are in some hesitation as my girlfriend's mother is stammering. My parents think that if we both get marriage and our child also could get this stammering problem. I want to know whet...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Stammering has got a multiple etiology and pathogenesis. A hereditary component in this has been extensively studied. A recent study was done including 12 children, and five generations of the family were investigated. The hereditary component is not the only thing th...  Read Full »

I need advice on deaf and dumb inheritance. Please help.

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. Srivastava, Sumit

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 only be s...  Read Full »

I have ocular hypertension. Will it lead to glaucoma?

Query: Hello, I would like to have a remote eye view on a question related to glaucoma. I am 35 years old and I am being followed for 5 years for ocular hypertension. I have between 23 and 26 mmHg by applanation tonometer. My field of vision is good. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) examinations are good...  Read Full »


Dr. Dadapeer. K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that you are having ocular hypertension. Since the results of visual field, optic disc changes and OCT are normal, there is no glaucoma. But treatment of ocular hypertension is necessary for you to prevent developmen...  Read Full »

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