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Can hyperechoic focus in the fetal heart mean down syndrome?

Can hyperechoic focus in the fetal heart mean down syndrome?

No: It is a non-specific term reflecting an area of the heart that might have increased minieralization, and so show up more on an echo. Can be found in normal hearts at a rate of about 3%. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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Can Down syndrome fetus have holes in their hearts at anytime?

Can Down syndrome fetus have holes in their hearts at anytime?

Confusing question: All babies have holes in their hearts as they begin to form, but most are closed when formation is complete. About 1/3 ds infants will be born with a heart defect, most of which feature a "hole"between chambers. ...Read more

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21 weeks pregnant, tested negative for Down syndrome, and found a calcuim deposit in baby's heart. What could it mean ? Help please.

21 weeks pregnant, tested negative for Down syndrome, and found a calcuim deposit in baby's heart. What could it mean ? Help please.

Ask your obstetrician: Who would help you better, my take on this, is that it is not uncommon, found in about 10% of scans of normal babies, other parameters factor in as rate of growth, other appearances on the scan, your blood tests and others, please confer with your obstetrician who will be able to address your concerns better ...Read more

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Why are people with Down syndrome more prone to congenital heart disease?

Why are people with Down syndrome more prone to congenital heart disease?

Part of the defect: With Down syndrome, every tissue cell in the body have too much chromosome information in every cell. The extra information confuses the creation of complex body parts, and for DS patients the brain, heart, intestines,hands.feet and facial structures all have variable changes related to the defect. ...Read more

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If baby's heart rate is low is it a sign of down syndrome?

If baby's heart rate is low is it a sign of down syndrome?

Bradycardia: While children with downes syndrome may have a slow heart rate, there are many other causes of slow heart rate, such as hypothyroidism and others. Down's syndrome is best characterized by the constellation of associated characteristics and chromosomal abnormality. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart disease in down syndrome?

What are the symptoms of heart disease in down syndrome?

Multiple symptoms: Down syndrome can have multiple congenital heart disease which includes atrial septal defect, hypoplastic left ventricle, tetrology of fallot, transposition of great vessels and ventricular septal defect.Some defects can have very few or no sign and symtoms while other may have bluish tinted nails or lips or fast or trouble or others may tire easily when feedind, or to be very sleepy. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the biochemical processes that cause Down syndrome people to be more prone to congenital heart diseases?

I was wondering what are the biochemical processes that cause Down syndrome people to be more prone to congenital heart diseases?

Unknown: The heart is a very complex organ. We still do not fully understand how the normal heart develops in the fetus. We understand even less about what causes the heart to develop abnormally. Although 40-50% of patients with down syndrome have congenital heart dis., and we know what causes down syndrome, we do not yet understand why this leads to heart defects (likely due to abnormal gene expression). ...Read more

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My baby has an echo in left heart ventricular....now am in 34 weeks and I found out its disappeared. ..does my baby will have down syndrome. ..Thanks?

My baby has an echo in left heart ventricular....now am in 34 weeks and I found out its disappeared. ..does my baby will have down syndrome. ..Thanks?

Odd question: An "echo" in the left ventricle does not make sense.If you mean there was a hole in the left ventricle found by echo, and it is gone, that happens and does not suggest Down syndrome. A hole there is one of the more common heart defects and spontaneous closure is common. ...Read more

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My son is 8yrs old now, he is a down syndrome and he have a heart deffect tetralogy of fallot. What are best option to do about my son?

My son is 8yrs old now, he is a down syndrome and he have a heart  deffect  tetralogy  of fallot. What are best option to do about my son?

Children's hospital: Find the closest children's hospital near you. You will need a pediatric cardiologist (heart doctor). If you are lucky they may have a special down syndrome clinic. They can also recommend a good primary doctor for your child. You can also check with the local down syndrome associations for recommendations. Best wishes to you! ...Read more