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Can Two People With Down Syndrome Have A Normal Child
If I have some of the physical signs of Down syndrome like a simian crease but don't have down syndrome, am I more likely to have a child with downs?
No: Some of the features seen in down syndrome persons are also seen in other hereditary disorders, and some features are seen in normal people. A normal person can have a single horizontal palmar crease (simian crease), but his simian crease is just a trait he has, and has nothing to do with down syndrome. A normal person with a simian crease is not more likely to have a down syndrome baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Doubt it would Hapn: While females with ds are capable of reproduction( with difficult pregnancies) males with few exceptions are not. For a male to be capable, i would expect him to be a partially affected mosaic ds & fertility would depend on the tissues of his body that has ds info. Having family support thru their lives is a great asset to anyone with ds or any impairment. ...Read more
Probably not : Poor linear growth is usually noted in infancy. Most patients shows some degree of mental deficiency and visual or auditory handicap. ...Read more
How can a baby be born with down sydrome or any kind of sydrome? Would it have to run in the family of mine of my spouses?
Abnormal chromosomes: Ds occurs when either the egg or sperm are defective.Instead of containing 23 single chromosomes that join their pair at conception, the egg or sperm brings an extra #21.The baby ends up with 3 of the #21 or ds. It can occur at any age but is more common as the mother gets older. It does not "run in families". ...Read more
If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?
Rolling the dice: A woman can give birth to a ds infant at any age. The frequency varies with age @ 1/1500 from 15-29, 1/100 @40-45 and 1/50 over 45.There are some non specific screening tests available early in pregnancy to see if it is more likely, but examination of fetal cells for a chromosome count is the most accurate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: :simply discuss this issue with your ob/gyn specialists to allay your concerns! ...Read more
I have azoospermia coupled with y deletion of the b region? Can i still have kids with such condition?
Males R not fertile: While the down syndrome female is fertile, the male is not. A few exceptions may be seen if a mosaic male (being normal in some cells & ds in others) has a normal cell line in his testis. But mosaics represent <2% of ds males. Whether or not they might become aroused or not is probably specific to the situation. These kids or adults are often the victim of abuse in many forms. ...Read more
My brother has long qt syndrome which has caused him to faint a fem times. Can I have long qt syndrome and never have any symptoms?
Yes: If your brother has been formally diagnosed, you should be screened. An ECG can typically make the diagnosis. If a gene was identified in your brother you should be tested to see if you have it as well. Unfortunately, sometimes the first symptom can be very dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I have a perfectly healthy baby with untreated hyperthyroidism? I have no symptoms, only blood work shows my condition. Chance of problems high?
How far off?: Any obstetrician will have you sign a waiver if you refuse treatment of a lab test even in the absence of symptoms. Nobody will give you a clear account of what the risks are, as they are unknown and probably very small. This is a sign of the times. I am much less concerned than if you had been hypothyroid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wouldn't happen: Although DS girls enter puberty and become fertile the male rarely if ever achieves this status. DS females have offspring after conception by normal males, usually from abuse or incest.These are roughly half normal and half DS.Males with DS rarely if ever achieve a fertile status and because of this outcome would be unknown if ever conceived. ...Read more
Yes: A person with hepatitis b is still normal, but there are concerns. If the hepatitis is active and infectious, then there are considerations for monitoring the liver function and considerations for treatment of the baby to decrease the risk of transmission of the virus. Hepatitis b is not a contraindication for pregnancy. ...Read more
My niece was diagnosed at birth with goldenhar syndrome. Does every one with goldenhar syndrome has or will develop scoliosis?
Not specificly: The syndrome is also known as the oculo-auriculo-vertebral syndrome since a non- random association of eye/ear/& vertebral anomalies is seen.Not all patients exhibit all features.While the neck or lower back vertebrae are often misshapen in some, which can trigger scoliosis, not all will. Also, as anyone ages they can develop scoliosis from factors unrelated to the syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1/4 of cases: The syndrome is inherited as a dominant trait, carried by gene fbn1, which encodes the connective protein fibrillin-1. People have a pair of fbn1 genes & because it is dominant, people who have inherited one affected fbn1 gene from either parent will have marfan syndrome. The impact varies from mild to severe. Approximately one-quarter of the cases occur as a result of a spontaneous mutation. ...Read more
Friend's kid is hyper, his dad has hyperactivity with mild torretes syndrome. Could their child be starting to get it?
Unknown: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is something that is usually inherited, therefore if dad has it, it is likely the child may have it. However, each person needs to be evaluated individually. You might suggest to your friend that they take their child to their pediatrician to be evaluated. By the way, most pediatricians evaluate a child for adhd with questionnaires. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sort of, and yes: Paraplegics have little or no sensation during sexual activity. Both men and women can have leg spasms, which make body positioning challenging. Men usually no longer have any or adequate erections. Fertility in paraplegic women is not changed. With a paraplegic man, there are special ways to collect sperm, which doctors can then put into his wife to create a pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?
Nature vs Nurture: To some degree, these are inherited - but i'm certain that they are also learned. I believe that part is most important. Firstly, because it is what we can effect. Life can be difficult too, so avoiding emotional/behavioral disorders isn't easy even if there's no family history. Building a life style of making good choices, addressing issues early and solving problems well is what you can model. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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