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

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

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. ...Read more

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Edwards Syndrome (Definition)

Edwards syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when a baby is born with an extra copy of chromosome 18. Children with Edwards syndrome are mentally retarded and have a ...Read more


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What sort of disorder is edwards syndrome?

What sort of disorder is edwards syndrome?

Fatal disorder: Edwards or trisomy 18 is a birth defect with a third copy of chromosome 18. Most pregnancies with an extra chromosome miscarry. Of those that are born live 50% die in two weeks only 8% live to one year. Infants with this problem tend to have many problems including heart disease, kidney disease, rounded bottoms to their feet! webbing between toes and undescended testicles. ...Read more

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What are some things I should know about edwards syndrome?

What are some things I should know about edwards syndrome?

You'll need support: When egg & sperm meet, their chromosomes split so 1/2 of dad's & 1/2 of mom's can join. The chromosome 18 in either egg or sperm divided unequally, & part or all of both chr.18's paired up with one chr. 18 from the other parent. A full or partial trisomy, (3 chr. 18's, ) occured by accident. Abnormal formation of the heart & other organs, intellectual disability & unusual facial features result. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to live with edwards syndrome?

Is it possible for a child  to live with edwards syndrome?

Survival: According to the nih, half the babies born with trisomy 18 do not survive past the first week or so of life. Some children affected have survived in to the teen age years. ...Read more

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How does edwards syndrome affect a baby?

How does edwards syndrome affect a baby?

TRISOMY 18: Edwards syndrome or trisomy e is caused by extra chromosome 18 consisting of mental retardation, severe microcephaly and many developmental anomalies. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of edwards syndrome?

What are the symptoms of edwards syndrome?

See below:: Trisomy 18 (edwards syndrome) is associated with abnormalities in many parts of the body. Individuals often have slow growth before birth (intrauterine growth retardation) & a low birth weight. Affected individuals may have heart defects and anomalies of other organs that develop before birth. Other features include a small, abnl shaped head; a small jaw/mouth; clenched fists;overlapping fingers. ...Read more

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Could you tell me more about edwards' syndrome?

Could you tell me more about edwards' syndrome?

EDWARDS SYNDROME:: A chromosomal disorder: trisomy 18. 1/ 6000 births. Low birth wt, closed fists w/index finger overlaping 3rd and 5th overlaping the 4th; small head with prominent occiput; small mandible; short sternum; rocker bottom feet; narrow hips with limited abduction; heart and kidney malformations; mental retardation........ 95% lethal in the 1st. Year. ...Read more

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How is edwards syndrome discovered?

How is edwards syndrome discovered?

Edwards syndrome: This is another name for trisomy 18. Trisomy is a big word that means three copies. So trisomy 18 has three copies of the 18th chromosome. It can be discovered by an amniocentesis or cvs, and recently even a blood test. ...Read more

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What are the tests for edwards syndrome?

What are the tests for edwards syndrome?

Chromosome test: The usual test is called a karyotype. Blood cells (white cells) are obtained from the patient and the chromosomes are counted under a microscope. If there is an extra chromosome 18 then the patient has edwards syndrome or trisomy 18. This test can be done after the baby is born or it can be done in utero by amniocentesis (amniotic fluid taken from the uterus is tested). ...Read more

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What is edwards syndrome?

What is edwards syndrome?

Early Chromosome DX: Dr edwards reported of the features of trisomy 18 in 1960 in the british journal the lancet. Drs patau & smith reported it in the same journal edition but the name edward syndrome has stuck. This was soon after the methods for preparing & counting chromosomes was available in research labs starting in the late 1950's. ...Read more