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what is everyday life like for people with down syndrome

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
In the absence of : significant congenital heart disease, average life expectancy for people with DS is 60. Genetic changes that occur in Trisomy ^ risk of many medical c ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a pro ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a pro ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a pro ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Maturani
24 years experience Hospital-based practice
Hard to say: I as a nursing home director had a patient with downs syndrome and diabetes. She just expired at the age of 65 from complications of pneumonia. She ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Institutionalized: A common approach to ds patients in the 40's was to reccomend institutionalization.Up to 1/3 had a potentially lethal heart defects that could not be ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Guidelines exist for: health care maintenance for infants, children & adults with DS. No medications enhance cognitive or motor functioning in DS. See quackwatch.com be ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Poor health: The expected lifespan of a ds patient born today exceeds 60 years if they have access to the basic medical care & dietary resources of average individ ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
Premature dementia: Individuals with Down syndrome often develop premature dementia by genetic cause, and their iq level drops to 20-30 by the time they reach 40 years o ... Read More

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