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Hereditary Diseases

Hereditary diseases are diseases that are inherited genetically. They are passed from one generation to another through their defective genes and run in families. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, and diabetes are some diseases that can be inherited.

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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 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 husband has heredomacular degeneration. Will it affect my kids?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is suffering from heredomacular degeneration. And I am pregnant and have one daughter. Will this problem also affect my unborn and daughter? Kindly suggest me. Someone told me it is a genetic disease.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Heredomacular degeneration refers to a broad collection of diseases which affect vision by causing problems in the macular region of the retina. Some of these diseases are known to have a hereditary predisposition. The pattern of the precise inheritance can be known ...  Read Full »

Can I be a carrier or patient of hereditary hemochromatosis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have received a blood test back that I am confused about. I have previously been diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis but a new physician recently did the genetic test and indicated that I only had one of the genes present and thus was a carrier and not a patient. The blood test ...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your blood test results (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your blood picture shows that the iron which is absorbed is not being utilized properly. Your transferrin saturation level of 56 % is high but not more than 62 %, which ...  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 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 hereditary macular dystrophy. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, What is HMD (hereditary macular degeneration) and what is the maximum possible impact of this disease in future on a person? Can this disease make one blind?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to HMD (hereditary macular degeneration) is a broad term given to a group of diseases that mainly affect the retina by deposition of some kind of material in between the retinal layers. These are genetic diseases. Though I have not seen anybody going completely blind wi...  Read Full »

What are the proactive measures to take for heart diseases?

Query: Hello doctor, I am wondering if I should get checked or should worry about heart disease. It runs in my family. My grandma and uncle died of massive heart attacks at ages 58 and 37. Mom had issues, and my cousin just had a quad done at 42 years. I would rather be proactive if I can. What advise woul...  Read Full »

Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a history of premature coronary artery disease in your family, as you told about a history of a heart attack in grandmother and uncle. But, you did not mention what exact issue your mother has. It is better to get evaluated for coronary artery disease with t...  Read Full »

How to increase head size?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl, and I am 5.7 feet tall. My head circumference is 20.8 inches and only 6 inches long. As you probably understand from those facts that my head is extremely small. Compared to my body my head looks tiny. It also looks small when compared to other girls who are m...  Read Full »

Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have few questions for you as follows. At what age did you start getting your period? Have you ever had any hormonal evaluation? Do anyone in your family (mother, sister, or aunts) have a similar problem?   Read Full »

Is emotion a psychiatric or a hereditary factor?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female, 29 years old, Height 5'6", weight around 119 pounds. I am not undergoing any treatment but want to know that whether being very emotional is related to psychiatric behavior or is it hereditary in anyway as my mother was not a totally mad person but required to undergo some ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shreemit Maheshwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would refrain from using the term mad as we do not consider anybody mad. Psychiatric conditions are just like any other medical illness with proper treatment of each condition. It is common for family members of psychiatric patients to also have a psychiatric illness...  Read Full »

I am worried as my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and I feel I am at the risk of getting it too as it could be hereditary. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I am worried about my own risk of getting it. Is it hereditary? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. If there is a family history of breast cancer then there is some chance to get breast cancer, but it is not like if your mother has breast cancer you will also have it 100 percent but as there is some risk indeed so ...  Read Full »

I am having occipital bone deficiency and associated difficulties. Please provide me with solutions.

Query: Hello doctor, I am female with a height of 5 feet 3 inches and a weight of 120 pounds, and not on any medication. I have been trying to find answers for over a year now about not having the left side of my occipital bone. Something happened during the pregnancy, and when I was born, my doctor want...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhumati Varma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for health care. Have gone through all your details and appreciate your concern. I do not know the patient's given details or the family's given detailed history. It appears to be a birth anomaly. If the occipital bone is ab...  Read Full »

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