Genetic Disease


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  • multiple generations of affected individuals
  • both male & female affected
  • half of male & female children of affected mothers will be affected
  • no affected male children of affected fathers
  • all daughters of affected fathers will be affected
  • some X-linked dominant conditions are fatal to males, so only females will survive
  • other factors
  • multiple affected individuals in multiple generations
  • occurrence of disease at early age
  • close degree of relatedness of affected relative
  • close biologic relationship between parents
  • presence of associated conditions
  • disease in the absence of other known risk factors
  • unusual presentation


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  1. Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP) 15, 16, 17 American College of Physicians, Philadelphia 2009, 2012, 2015
  2. Berg AO et al National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Family History and Improving Health. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Dec 15;151(12):872-7. PMID: [1]

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