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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Overview)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays.


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What is down syndrome?

What is down syndrome?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry).Eggs are supposed to have a single 21c & combine with the 21 from dads normal sperm.Here a pair of moms 21c +dad's 21 creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.This extra material confuses the creation of body parts causing ds..Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
645 doctors shared insights

Down Syndrome (Overview)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays.


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How can you inherit down syndrome?

How can you inherit down syndrome?

Depends on parents: An unaffected mother or father could have a balanced(normal) set of chromasome material where a piece of one 21 chromasome is stuck on another.If the egg or sperm had the normal 21 and an extra 21piece hidden on another chromasome, they could pass it to the baby. It only takes an extra piece of 21 to cause ds.It is important to study ds to verify type, as translocation ds can recur each pregnany. ...Read more

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Down syndrome (Tip)

Raising a child with Down syndrome can be a beautiful experience, because the child is full of love. ...See more

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Living with Down Syndrome (Checklist)

Get genetic counseling.
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Enroll in early intervention program.
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Get help from local and national support groups.
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Consider help from mental health workers.
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How does Down syndrome affect your speech development?

Delayed speech: Children with Down syndrome usually exhibit delayed speech development. They should receive at least the same speech stimulation at home and receive early intervention services including speech stimulation therapy. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes for a child to be born with down syndrome?

What are some of the causes for a child to be born with down syndrome?

Several possible: The features of down syndrome are dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome which is more likely as women age .You can get this several ways. The traditional DS (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome (trans-location).About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...Read more

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Down syndrome (Tip)

Instability of the upper cervical spine occurs in 10-20% of Down syndrome children. ...See more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Visit your medical provider for accurate diagnosis
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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What are the symptoms of down syndrome?

What are the symptoms of down syndrome?

See below: Flat face, hypotonia, and intellectual disability. One third of patients develop congenital heart defect(s). ...Read more

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