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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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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Please advice whether being very emotional is related to psychiatric behavior.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a female, 29 years old, Height 5'6", weight around 54 kg. 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 treatm...  Read Full »


Dr. Shreemit Maheshwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 illne...  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 »

Heart disease runs in my family. How can I be proactive about it?

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. I would rather be proactive if I can.What advise would you gi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 te...  Read Full »

I am 12 weeks pregnant and want to know how delayed ossification is associated with Down syndrome.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 12-week pregnant woman. I took an NT scan yesterday. The NT measured 1.2 mm, and I was told it was normal. The cardiac activity also seemed normal. But the sonographer said that the baby had delayed ossification. Our doctor suggested that it is associated with Down syndrome for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly reviewed your history and report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and understand your concerns. In your report, the nasal bone is absent, which is considered one of the soft markers for Down syndrome (congenital abnormalities). T...  Read Full »

Do I have pseudocholinesterase deficiency based on the blood results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am hoping someone can tell me if I have pseudocholinesterase deficiency based on the blood results below? My father has it and found out the hard way after surgery. His sister also has it. The results from my blood test were: Cholinesterase, serum Result: 2228 L Reference range:...  Read Full »


Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have atypical pseudocholinesterase deficiency due to a heterozygous mutation which is hereditary. Pseudocholinesterase is an enzyme responsible for the metabolism of certain anesthetic drugs like succinylcholine and ester group of local anesthetics. Your D...  Read Full »

Am I 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 tes...  Read Full »


Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 levels 56 % is high but not more than 62 %, which is in...  Read Full »

What is hereditary macular degeneration?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Can I have G6PD deficiency if my siblings have it?

Query: Hi,I am a very fit person with a healthy lifestyle. All my brothers and sisters have had hereditary G6PD since birth. I have never been tested. I have no allergies or any issues. But if this condition is genetic, do I have it too?   Read Full »


Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. G6PD (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency) test is indicated in newborn infants with jaundice. The test is not mandatory for all newborns. G6PD deficient people may develop a particular type of anemia called hemo...  Read Full »

Can Biotin help my 36-year-old husband cure hereditary baldness?

Query: Hello, My 36-year-old husband weighs around 77 kgs and has a height of 5 ' 8 ". He is not under any medications and does not have any other complaints. However, he is suffering from androgenic alopecia and hereditary baldness. He is only on the medication Finasteride. Can Biotin help with hair growt...  Read Full »


Dr. Barve Vaibhav Saidas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are right; Biotin can help in hair growth. I have the following suggestions for your husband- 1. He must eat a protein-rich natural diet. 2. He can take cap Follihair (Biotin, Iron, l-cysteine, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, L-lysine, Zi...  Read Full »

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