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This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your aunt's spine problem.
I would find out what condition she has that required surgery.
it could be Ankylosing spondylitis
I do not no the condition that she had all I know is that she was having problems for many years.
best to talk to her and find out her condition.
this way you know what she has.
and then you can get more medical information about if you are at risk for this or not.
without knowing her condition, we can't say for sure if you are at risk or not.
can you call her on the phone
when is the next time you will see her?
im trying find out now.
let me know
I have just texted her
she texted me and said she thinks it was called a fusion op?
and it was because her back was worn out
and the doctors said it is hereditary
she is 52
she did not say anything about any condition she had
just that it was causing her a lot of pain
I asked her if the doctors mentioned anything about a condition she had and she said no
so I don't know what to think
this doesn't sound like a hereditary genetic condition.
I would not stress about it.
you can have her ask her doctors to see if they think she might have ankylosing spondylitis.
and see if that is the condition possibly.
but don't let this worry you.
worrying about it will not help.
Ok so lets say hypothetically if it was genetic condition what is chances of me getting it.
still very very small.
say she had ankylosing spondylitis.
the chance of you getting it would still be very very very very very small.
less than 1%
ok is that for just ankylosing spondylitis or for any genetic condition on the spine?
for any genetic condition of the spine.
you can read more here
ok thank you.
you are welcome
talk to your doctor about testing for gene called HLA-B27
if you are worried about this spine issue
best of luck to you
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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?
don't let this stress you out.
you can talk to your doctor about these risks and akylosing spondylitis at next visit as well.
I hope this has helped.
and that's for all hereditary conditions of the spine.
that is the most common adult hereditary spine condition.
there are other childhood spine hereditary conditions, but your aunt doesn't have that.
you don't have to worry about those.
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