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What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

Individual decision: It is a decision that is made by the parents and one that should be made after receiving accurate and complete information. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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In medical circles, the term abortion applies to any loss of a pregnancy before 25 weeks, such as spotaneous abortion (ie miscarrage). In non-medical circles, it refers to the termination of ...Read more


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What percentage of people have an abortion when they know their child will have down syndrome?

What percentage of people have an abortion when they know their child will have down syndrome?

Difficult # to find: The biggest influence on the decline of down syndrome births in the last 4 decades has been the introduction of oral contraceptives & or decision to undergo permanent sterilization. Many centers do not keep or record the reasons for the procedure.Some centers consider invasive sampling such as amniocentesis only if couples are likely to terminate even if screening tests were suggestive of ds. ...Read more

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Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

See below: There are risks with any procedures, but with this procedure the risk is very small. The major problem a woman has after an abortion are muscle cramps and some minor bleeding. At about the 5 months old the child becomes technically viable, that is to say it can survive in an isolate in the ICU with lots of support. A down's syndrome child has a genetic abnormality. Please ask your md these ques. ...Read more

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If I don't intend to have abortion, why should I let them screen for down syndrome?

If I don't intend to have abortion, why should I let them screen for down syndrome?

For knowledge: Down syndrome screening help parents prepare for the birth and future care of a down syndrome baby. Most initial screening during pregnancy carries no risk to the infant. Many women choose to be screened even if they plan to continue the pregnancy regardless of the result. ...Read more

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Is termination in cases of Down syndrome considered an acceptable reason for a therapeutic abortion?

Is termination in cases of Down syndrome considered an acceptable reason for a therapeutic abortion?

No: This would be considered by most an elective procedure. Abortion for a mother with kidney failure who would likely die if it were not done would be considered by most therapeutic. ...Read more

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5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for abortion?

5 months pregnant. On amniotic fluid sample test, "fetal karyotype was found to be 47, ##, +21 indicating down syndrome.". Should i go for  abortion?

Personal decision: Yes, your child has down's syndrome. I have no idea how those children are treated in india. However, they are the most loving, kind people i care for. They have the capacity for love and joy unlike any of my other patients. Will the child require extra care and have different needs - absolutely. Only you can decide if you have the capacity to provide this and continue the pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am doing a presentation for my class on down syndrome and I need to know why it isn't dominant or recessive. P.S. I need a simplified answer

I am doing a presentation for my class on down syndrome and I need to know why it isn't dominant or recessive.

P.S. I need a simplified answer

Seek info here: Lots of HT doctors have answered this for others - here's a start. Just dig a bit further, but it's a good reply. Source: HealthTap, https://edc1.healthtap.com/user_questions/22610 ...Read more

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Grandauhter has epicanthal folds, does not have down syndrome. Has 1/2 brother with d.S. Is this merely a characteristic inherited from him?

Grandauhter has epicanthal folds, does not have down syndrome. Has 1/2 brother  with d.S.  Is this merely  a characteristic inherited from him?

Epicanthal Meaning: By itself an epicanthal fold does not mean downs syndrome in most cases. An epicanthal fold refers to skin fold from your upper eyelid that covers part of the inside corner of your eye. It is most common in asians. ...Read more

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How does a person get down syndrome?

Chromosomal abnormal: Down syndrome is caused be a chromosomal abnormality tha occurs at the time of fertilization. It is usually associated with the fertilization of an egg carrying2 number 21 chromosomes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch down syndrome?

No: You are born with down syndrome, which is a defect in the chromosome material.You cannot catch it. ...Read more

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How do Down syndrome & mongloid differ?

How do Down syndrome & mongloid differ?

Old world term: Before the chromosome defect was found in '60's, the the facial structure of down syndrome kids/adults, reminded folks of the features of mongolian race. Original scientific publications used that terminology. It was well into the '70's before the descriptions began to change ; the public began to use the term down syndrome exclusively. ...Read more

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How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

Before/after birth ?: There are a variety of screening or confirmatory tests that can be done during pregnancy. After birth, many physical features are suggestive of the diagnosis, but the physician involved would order a chromosome test to confirm or exclude the issue.Over the years,some had signs so mild many would miss the diagnosis.Others looked so different I didn't believe it. ...Read more

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Is down syndrome autosomal or sex linked?

Is down syndrome autosomal or sex linked?

None of the above: Down syndrome happens when an extra 21 chromosome is present in all the cells of the body. It happens before conception when the donor egg fails to shed one of its 21 chromosomes in the formation of the egg; the male 21 joins the female pair & creates an embryo with 3 number 21's. It has nothing to do with traits or mutations in the gene code. ...Read more

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Is down syndrome sex-linked or autosomal?

Is down syndrome sex-linked or autosomal?

Down Syndrome: Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is an autosomal genetic disorder. Down syndrome occurs when a person has a full or partial copy of chromosome 21. ...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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What is the chance of getting down syndrome?

If Mom is 36 at term: risk of having a fetus with DS at 16 weeks' gestation is 1:200; risk of having a full-term baby with DS is 1:275. If mom is 37 at term, risk at 16 weeks is 1:150; at term, 1:225, because some pregnancies are lost. Comprehensive 1st trimester screening & integrated 1st & 2nd trimester screening calculate risk by specific hormone & protein levels in mom's blood + fetal ultrasound + maternal age. ...Read more

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What population is affected by down syndrome?

What population is affected by down syndrome?

Confusing question: Down syndrome is present in any racial, ethnic, social, economic or other group in any country in the world. It can occur to women giving birth at any age but is more common in older mothers. ...Read more

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