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What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome at prenatal diagnosis vs. the risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery, the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having another child with rett syndrome?

What are the odds of having another child with rett syndrome?

Very low: 99.5% of the time, there is just one child with rett syndrome in a family. This rare genetic condition occurs almost always in girls. It's caused by a mutation of the mecp2 gene on the x chromosome. The international rett syndrome foundation (http://www.Rettsyndrome.Org/) can be very helpful. ...Read more

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If there is no sign of Down syndrome in my family, what are the chances I will have a child with downs?

If there is no sign of Down syndrome in my family, what are the chances I will have a child with downs?

Getting higher: These risks are basically related to age.As you pass 40 it hits 1% and by 45=2% and after 50 as much as 5%.You must add that to the 4% baseline every pregnancy faces. There are screening tests that help yu know ahead of time that a problem is coming. ...Read more

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If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?

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 more

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Are the chances slim of having a child after developing polycystic ovary syndrome?

Are the chances slim of having a child after developing polycystic ovary syndrome?

Most can have child: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is common, affecting 8-10% of women. Some with pcos have infertility. Most women with pcos can have children. Some conceive with no fertility treatment, some need medications like metformin, Clomid (clomiphene) or Femara (letrozole), while others need in vitro fertilization (ivf). Pcos women often respond better to fertility meds. See a fertility md if you want to have kids. ...Read more

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Is there any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Is there  any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Increases with Age: Increasing age of mom increases the risk of down's syndrome. Otherwise no known way to change the outcome other than have babies at a younger age. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome turning out ok?

What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome turning out ok?

Reasonable: Babys with shaken baby injury can recover to normal if saved from repetitive injury and chronic trauma. One acute event is often fully overcome. Repeated injury will result in permanent damage. The key is to have appropriate index of suspicion and to refer to a social service team who can remove the baby from the environment soon enough to save him from permanent damage. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having more then one child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

What are the chances of having more then one child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Tiny: The genetic influences on heart formation/defects are complex and located on several separate chromosomes.The risk of you having another kid with ANY heart defect (there are lots of them) is about 4%, while that of the same defect is incredibly small. ...Read more

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What are the chances of someone with type 1 having a baby with anencephaly?

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What are the chances of someone with type 1 having a baby with anencephaly?

Increased anomalies: Women with diabetes that is poorly controlled in the weeks prior to and the first weeks of pregnancy have a higher chance of having a fetus with abnormalities of the heart and other parts of the body. It is important that they see a doctor and improve glycemic control before even trying to conceive. Screening and ultrasound studies can detect many of these abnormalities, but prevention is key. ...Read more

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What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

There : There are several ultrasound findings that can suggest down sysndrome, and echogenic bowel is one of them. There could be other explanations for that finding, though. It sound like you will need some testing to find out what's going on. The two tests used most commonly are amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling. Each has its own risks and benefits, so you should discuss them with your obstetrician. I would suggest that you do this sooner than later, and regardless of whether the outcome might lead you to terminate the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

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 projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

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 projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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I'm a 34 female who will be 35 by the time my baby is born. What are my chances of having a down sydrome baby?

I'm a 34 female who will be 35 by the time my baby is born. What are my chances of having a down sydrome baby?

Varies some: If you are speaking of traditional 21 trisomy the cited frequency is 1/270. There are other forms of down syndrome ( translocation, mosaic) that occur less often. ...Read more

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If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

If a person has Down syndrome and gets pregnant, what is the chance of a non-down child?

It depends: Women with down syndrome can get pregnant, and often their pregnancies are complicated. If the down syndrome in the mother is caused by one extra chromosome 21, then the risk that she will conceive a child with trisomy 21 is about 50%. However, some down syndrome women may have a translocation - with the extra chromosome 21 attached to another chromosome. Then the risks might be higher, even 100%. ...Read more

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If neither parent has NF1 and they have a child with a seemingly spontaneous case, what it the likelihood of having another child with the disorder?

If neither parent has NF1 and they have a child with a seemingly spontaneous case, what it the likelihood of having another child with the disorder?

Negligable: The incidence of NF is cited as 1/4000 with about 30% as new mutations. Since your child is a new mutation, the risk would be much less than 1/4000. Since about 4% of all pregnancies end up with an unexpected outcome (premi, infection, birth defect), I would look at the risk as negligable.You may want to review the contributions of both parents to your risk profile with a geneticist before pregnan ...Read more

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Whats the chances of a child being born with a clubfoot?

Whats the chances of a child being born with a clubfoot?

1 in 1,000: Officially in the U.S. That frequency varies significantly by region and by country, although the reasons why the rates are different are not known. Clubfoot is typically diagnosed at birth and treated as soon as possible, typically by non-operative means. However, 10-20% of children with clubfoot still require corrective surgery, even with appropriate and timely non-operative treatment. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome returning to normal?

What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome returning to normal?

Fair to good: If the child is removed from the offender's care permanently, the parts of the brain affected may recover in a good foster home with multispecialty intervention. The hardest part to recover is vision damage. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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