Patient discussion about chance

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Q. What are the chances that my children will have autism?

My fiancé and I are planning on having children eventually. In his family, three of the five children have autism. My side is clear. What are the chances of us having a child with autism??
A1Autism is related to several genes and not just one. Therefore you can’t really tell if your children be autistic or not- it depends on how much “autistic genes” you and your fiancé have and how much of it you will inherit to your children. Regardless, you should check out this website:
A2Autism has a genetic component.
If autism runs in your family, you have an increased risk of having a child with autism.
If you already have one child with autism, you have an increased risk of having another child with autism.
The genes associated with autism are complex -- and a genetic inclination toward autism may require an environmental "trigger" to cause symptoms.
But still- no one can pinpoint if your children will be autistic or not by gene tests. Not yet anyway.
A3There are higher chances than for the general population, although I can't give specific numbers.

However, the high number of affected children in your fiance family may suggest there's a specific genetic problem that cause autism - Have you ever consulted a docotr about it? If the reason for autism in his family is known, it may be preventable or it may be diagnosed before birth.

Q. What are my genetic chances to get arthritis?

3 of my grandparents have arthritis but my parents don't. what are my chances to get it as well?
A1thanks dagmar! how do you get your arthritis info? know any good articles?
A2It depends greatly on the specific type of arthritis - many elderly people suffer from osteoarthritis, which doesn't have a strong family association. Other arthritic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis have stronger association. However, the chances aren't absolute - for the two options. Not every one with family of arthritis will develop arthritis himself, and one can develop arthritis even without family history.

Take care,

Q. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA?

My mother is having rheumatoid arthritis for the past 23 years. After I was born she started having high muscle aches basically at knees. After diagnosis it was confirmed for RA. She says that this pain and the swelling of knees started after my birth. Now I am pregnant and she remains worried about my pregnancy and the chances of RA. I am too getting worried now with my growing weakness and pain in my joints. What should I expect from my pregnancy for the chances of RA?
A1Savannah, first congratulations for your pregnancy!

Actually RA is an autoimmune disease, the exact cause of RA is still unknown, but many researchers believe that one of the factor is genetic factor. since your mom had been diagnosed with RA, it means that you're in risk of having RA also.

Now that you're pregnant, you need to consult with your doctors about your risk factors. it doesn't always have to be you're also having RA. but during pregnancy, because of the body weight gain, it can make the RA more manifest, because of the weight load the affected joint has to bear.
If you are diagnosed also with RA, you need to consult with your ob-gyn doctor for the drugs of choice that is safe for the pregnancy.

A2It`s been seen that the chance of rheumatoid arthritis in any person, with the disease running in their family is on high risk. Generally women are affected. It’s seen that the symptoms will reduce during pregnancy in any women having RA. Any chance for RA to a pregnant woman is not clear except the understanding of a genetic impact. Your pain may be due to your general weakness.
A3i know there are several researches about RA and pregnancy, but i'm not sure that they are about pregnancy as a cause of RA. anyway , it could be a trigger i guess...but just a trigger, that means it was supposed to happen and the pregnancy caused it to start a bit earlier. but i wouldn't start worrying and try to pass a peacful pregnancy..

Q. Does Viagra increase the chance of getting HIV?

I heard that taking Viagra can increase the chances of getting HIV when having sexual contact. Is this true?
A1There is no proof that Viagra increases the risk to catch HIV. However there have been studies made, which show that men who use Viagra behave differently by having multiple sexual partners and/ or having unprotected sex, which both increase the chances of getting infected with HIV.
A2Viagra does not increase the chances of getting HIV. However it is not a substitute for condoms and other STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention methods.

Q. What are the chances that my baby will inherit psoriasis from his father?

My husband has a mild case of psoriasis. On his elbows, knees, back and lower back. He doesn't treat it because he says it is sometime that won't go away, he uses certain products for relief sometimes. What are the chances our baby will get that? And can he get it on his face? Thanks
Ahere is a web page dealing with the genetic question in psoriasis -

Q. What are the chances for my other children to get fibromyalgia?

My daughter is suffering from fibromyalgia and I'd like to know what ar the chances that her younger brothers and sister will get it as well. Is there something I can do to prevent it from happening?
A1Thank you henrystar, I'll do it...
A2the causes of fibromyalgia are yet unknown. but there are some risk factors you can eliminate -

some say it's a reaction to scented candles and other odor spreading materials. wouldn't hurt to remove them...just in case...

Q. If your mom has arthritis, are the chances any higher that you will also have arthritis?

My mom has arthritis in her knees. It is to the point where she gets surgery every few years to have it scraped out. I was wondering, if your mom has arthritis, are the chances any higher that you will also have arthritis? Also what can you do to prevent getting arthritis? Thank you.
A1Some people may have a genetic preposition to certain types of arthritis (lupus, ankylosing spondylitis etc), but this is not the same as a type of arthritis being hereditary.
A2There are 200 types of arthritis. The majority of types of arthritis are not hereditary. However, if you have a condition that is hereditary – like sticklers syndrome – you will be aware of this as your doctors will be monitoring your condition closely.
Recent evidence suggests that certain types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis in the hands can be hereditary, but further studies are needed to confirm this.
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