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Dr. Jay Nemiro
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Chromosomal Abnormalities (Overview)

Chromosomal abnormalities are conditions caused by an abnormal structure or number of chromosomes, leading to an abnormal expression of genetic material. Common abnormalities include Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) or Turner Syndrome.


Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Babysitter was just told another kid in her care has chromosomal abnormalities. Should we worry?

Babysitter was just told another kid in her care has chromosomal abnormalities. Should we worry?

Chromosomal abnormal: Chromosomal abnormalities are not contagious. They are caused by events around conception of that particular individual. So not to worry. ...Read more

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Chromosomal Abnormalities (Overview)

Chromosomal abnormalities are conditions caused by an abnormal structure or number of chromosomes, leading to an abnormal expression of genetic material. Common abnormalities include Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) or Turner Syndrome.


Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
41 years in practice
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What are typical symptoms of chromosomal abnormalities?

Usually none: During pregnancy there aren't usually any symptoms of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. Of course, miscarriage and stillbirth can be related to a chromosomal abnormality. ...Read more

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Safety of chorionic sampling vs. Amniocentesis for prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities?

Safety of chorionic sampling vs. Amniocentesis for prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities?

Risks: The risk of pregnancy loss has been looked at in four randomized studies of cvs vs. Amniocentesis. All four studies show that both procedures have about the same risk of pregnancy loss. About 1 in 1600. Another cvs study showed that losses in a group of women who had the procedure were equal to losses in a group of women who didn't have the procedure. A loss may not be related to the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Does DNA or genes cause chromosomal abnormalities?

Chromosomal: Chromosomes are the packaging for the genes. Genes are made up of dna. Chromosomal abnormalities are extra chromosomes, deletions, duplications, or translocations of large chunks of dna. ...Read more

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How do people treat chromosomal abnormalities?

How do people treat chromosomal abnormalities?

Chromosomal Abnormal: Chromosomal abnormalities is a broad category. It means there is some gene or genes that are missing or extra. Depending on the particular chromosome affected is the kind of therapy needed. This usually is not something fixed but you can offer modalities to strengthen the weak areas. Usually physical therapy occupational therapy and speech. You work on the problems caused by the abnormality. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hi, what natural treatments are effective for mds? No chromosomal abnormality, pancytopenia and transfusion dependent (almost every 15-20 days).

Hi, what natural treatments are effective for mds? No chromosomal abnormality, pancytopenia and transfusion dependent (almost every 15-20 days).

None that I know of: Unfortunately there are no natural treatments for cancer. But mds does have a couple of chemo drugs which are relatively mild to use/tolerate. So try those. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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What are the top reasons for getting chromosomal abnormalities?

THE absolute #1...: ...Most common chromosome abnormality is trisomy 21, or down's syndrome, and that is associated with advanced maternal age, becoming more common in pregnancies in women over 36. Preexisting abnormalities in parents is close second, toxins and radiation a very distant third, with a large number having no apparent cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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What exactly is albinism? Is it a genetic or disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

What exactly is albinism? Is it a genetic or disorder or a chromosomal abnormality?

Biological inheritan: Most forms of albinism are the result of the biological inheritance of genetically recessive alleles (genes) passed from both parents of an individual, though some rare forms are inherited from only one parent. There are other genetic mutations which are proven to be associated with albinism. All alterations, however, lead to changes in melanin production in the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Andrews
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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

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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Babysitter was just told another kid in her care has chromosomal abnormalities. Should we worry?

Chromosomal abnormal: Chromosomal abnormalities are not contagious. They are caused by events around conception of that particular individual. So not to worry. ...Read more

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