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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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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
654 doctors shared insights

Down Syndrome (Overview)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing developmental and intellectual delays.


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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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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)

Enroll in an early intervention program
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Get help from local and national support groups
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Consider getting help from mental health professionals
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Are short toes a symptom of down syndrome?

Are short toes a symptom of down syndrome?

Yes: Short toes and spacing between the great toe and second toe are commonly seen in patients with down syndrome. ...Read more

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Are there limited symptoms of down syndrome?

Yes: There are high functioning down's and then there are children more severely affected. ...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)

Wear a wrist brace at night
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Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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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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How do you diagnose down syndrome?

How do you diagnose down syndrome?

Karyoytype.: Dna analysis or karyotype is diagnostic of Down syndrome both prenatally and postnatally. ...Read more

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Down syndrome (Tip)

Raise and love the child, not the "down syndrome child.". ...See more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
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Do not be afraid to ask for feedback
3x day
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How accurate is triple AFP test for down syndrome?

How accurate is triple AFP test for down syndrome?

Not very.: The triple screen will detect about 70% of mothers carrying babies with down syndrome, but it is only a screening test and does not diagnose down syndrome. There are many false positive tests ("abnormal" tests in women who are carrying babies that do not have down syndrome). A newer blood test for fetal dna in the mother's blood can actually diagnose Down syndrome in women who are at higher risk. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests for Down syndrome on a newborn?

How accurate are blood tests for Down syndrome on a newborn?

Very: An analysis of the cellular chromosome complement is diagnostic but the clinical appearance is typical. ...Read more

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Down syndrome (Tip)

Children with Down syndrome need sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. Also check dsmig.Org.Uk. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily
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Blend exercises that make sense into your daily routine
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In what way can you tell if you have down syndrome?

In what way can you tell if you have down syndrome?

Chromosome test: Down syndrome is a pattern of malformation ; disordered development related to extra chromosome material carried by the patient. It's most common form involves an extra 21 chromosome, (trisomy 21) in every cell in the body.Less than 10% are mosaics that have a percentage of t21 and some normal.Others have cells with extra 21 material stuck on another chromosome.It is confirmed by a chromosome test. ...Read more

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What are the different causes down syndrome?

What are the different causes down syndrome?

Downs syndrome: Trisomy 21 when there is an extra chromosome at 21, mosaicism when some cells have trisomy and others not, robertson translocation [n which long arm of 21 chromosome is attached to another chromosome often chromosome 14. ...Read more

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Down syndrome (Tip)

Many children w down's syndrome have an upper jaw that's too small. Ask an orthodontist to evaluate. ...See more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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Does epicanthal folds mean down syndrome?

Epicanthal genetics: An epicanthal fold by itself does not mean that you have down's syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you treat Down syndrome (trisomy 21)?

Supportively: Down syndrome itself does not need to be treated however certain conditions that can go along with ds should be managed and prevented if possible. These include monitoring for disturbances in growth and obesity, getting a cardiac workup to evaluate the heart function, have hearing and vision testing, check thyroid function, monitor the blood yearly for abnormal blood counts, good dental hygiene. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
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Down syndrome (Tip)

Down' s syndrome children are happy children and bring joy to their families. ...See more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Check your cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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Is it ever possible to get treatment for down syndrome?

Is it ever possible to get treatment for down syndrome?

Confusing question: DS is a condition where the cells in the body have an extra chromosome (CS) which interferes with how each cell works. A minor % of DS cases have some normal cells but the chromosomes act as each cells computer.Only something that cancelled out just the extra CS could fix the problem and that is beyond the scope of present scientific capabilities. ...Read more

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What are some proposed treatments for Down syndrome kids?

Downs Syndrome: Early intervention, therapy and special education is all you can do.Some kids with downs syndrome are capable of independent living, others in group homes and some in their own family system with a little understanding.Gene therapy and stem cell therapy? May be in near or no so distant future. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
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Down syndrome (Tip)

Treat a down's syndrome child as normal as possible. ...See more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider natural medical alternatives such as dipsacus
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What would be a good way to cure down syndrome? What would be a way to remove the extra chromosome from every cell in the body? I need a good idea. Thanks :)

No cure: Unfortunately there is no cure for down syndrome. there is research ging on looking ito the possiblity of inactivating one of the three 21 chromosomes, but it is in early stages and it is not known what the outcome would be from doing so ...Read more

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Can someone with a Down syndrome get rid of his lazy eyes?

Can someone with a Down syndrome get rid of his lazy eyes?

Possibly: Down syndrome does not prevent you from being treated. The issue is related to the cause of the lazy eye. If the eye is not straight, it can be surgically corrected if the child is young enough. If the lazy eye is prescription-related, it can be treated with glasses and/or patching as long as the patient can tolerate it. ...Read more

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