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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) like?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Extra chromosome: In trisomy 18 the patient has an extra chromosome 18. This genetic disorder frequently causes heart and kidney defects. They may have a small head and jaw and usually have severe developmental delay. Here is a link http://www.Trisomy18.Org/site/pageserver?Pagename=whatist18_whatis.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Edwards Syndrome: Trisomy 18 - chromosomal condition in 1/5,000 to 6,000 live births due to random events while egg or sperm form.Usually not inherited. 5 to 10% live past 12 months. May have small jaw, mouth & head, low-set ears, short sternum, heart defects, low birth wt, clenched fists, contracted joints, seizures, scoliosis, spina bifida, high BP, cleft palate & lip, hearing loss & mental retardation.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do you treat edwards syndrome (trisomy 18)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Keep them comfortabl: These patients are supported with comfort measures as much as possible. Fluids, nutrition, oxygen, etc.As a universally fatal disorder, management focuses on comfort rather than things that would prolong the act of dying.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is edwards syndrome (trisomy 18)? What causes it?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Extra chromosome: In trisomy 18 the patient has an extra chromosome 18. This genetic disorder frequently causes heart and kidney defects. They may have a small head and jaw and usually have severe developmental delay. Here is a link http://www.Trisomy18.Org/site/pageserver?Pagename=whatist18_whatis.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Where can I find more information on trisomy 18 or edwards syndrome?

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Dr. Craig Uhl
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Trisomy18.org: There is a foundation set up for this syndrome - go to http://www.Trisomy18.Org.

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