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Hi Dr David, My aunty (my dads sister) had back problems

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Hi Dr David,

My aunty (my dads sister) had back problems for many years and she has now had a operation on her spine, they put some kind of metal in her back or something attached to her spine. But the doctors said it is genetic and now I am worrying could this happen to me?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry about your aunt's spine problem.

Dr. David :

I would find out what condition she has that required surgery.

Dr. David :

it could be Ankylosing spondylitis

Customer:

I do not no the condition that she had all I know is that she was having problems for many years.

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

best to talk to her and find out her condition.

Dr. David :

this way you know what she has.

Dr. David :

and then you can get more medical information about if you are at risk for this or not.

Dr. David :

without knowing her condition, we can't say for sure if you are at risk or not.

Dr. David :

can you call her on the phone

Dr. David :

when is the next time you will see her?

Customer:

im trying find out now.

Dr. David :

ok.

Dr. David :

let me know

Customer:

I have just texted her

Dr. David :

ok.

Customer:

she texted me and said she thinks it was called a fusion op?

Customer:

and it was because her back was worn out

Customer:

and the doctors said it is hereditary

Customer:

she is 52

Customer:

she did not say anything about any condition she had

Customer:

just that it was causing her a lot of pain

Customer:

I asked her if the doctors mentioned anything about a condition she had and she said no

Customer:

so I don't know what to think

Dr. David :

this doesn't sound like a hereditary genetic condition.

Dr. David :

I would not stress about it.

Dr. David :

you can have her ask her doctors to see if they think she might have ankylosing spondylitis.

Dr. David :

and see if that is the condition possibly.

Dr. David :

but don't let this worry you.

Dr. David :

worrying about it will not help.

Customer:

Ok so lets say hypothetically if it was genetic condition what is chances of me getting it.

Dr. David :

still very very small.

Dr. David :

say she had ankylosing spondylitis.

Dr. David :

the chance of you getting it would still be very very very very very small.

Dr. David :

less than 1%

Customer:

ok is that for just ankylosing spondylitis or for any genetic condition on the spine?

Dr. David :

for any genetic condition of the spine.

Dr. David :

you can read more here

Dr. David :

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Ankylosing-Spondylitis.htm

Customer:

ok thank you.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

talk to your doctor about testing for gene called HLA-B27

Dr. David :

if you are worried about this spine issue

Dr. David :

best of luck to you

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions.

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Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

thanks for asking for me directly.

Customer:

Ok so just to sum up. If my aunty did have a hereditary condition whether it be ankylosing spondylitis or all other hereditary conditions of the spine my chances of getting a problem with my spine being her nephew are small?

Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

very small.

Dr. David :

don't let this stress you out.

Dr. David :

you can talk to your doctor about these risks and akylosing spondylitis at next visit as well.

Dr. David :

I hope this has helped.

Dr. David :

thanks for using JustAnswer.com

Customer:

and that's for all hereditary conditions of the spine.

Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

that is the most common adult hereditary spine condition.

Dr. David :

there are other childhood spine hereditary conditions, but your aunt doesn't have that.

Dr. David :

you don't have to worry about those.

Dr. David :

do you have other questions?

Dr. David :

hello?

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Customer:

Thank you Doctor.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

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