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Down Syndrome And Kidney Problem
Many: Increased incidence of congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal problems such as atresia and hirschsprung's, nutrition with gasroesophageal reflux and aspiration, hypo or hyperthyroidism, and neurologic; mental retardation, joint laxity and hypotonia. Some down syndrome have few problems, and some many problems. ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
How long does a Down syndrome person usually live? Is that a problem since parents are usually old?
6 decades +: Years ago the expected lifespan for ds kids was short, due to a combination of heart defects, increased vulnerability to infection & lack of aggressive management. Today the projected lifespan exceeds 6 decades.Ds is a prime example of the need for survivor assistance planning. Various ds support groups, the "arc", social workers all help families integrate public & private support. ...Read more
Can an ultrasound tell me if baby will have problems such as Down syndrome etc? If so in which month of pregnancy?
OB's offer 3 screens: 1st trimester combined test or 1st & 2nd trimester integrated test measure fetal nuchal, or neck, fold on FUS + levels of specific proteins & hormones in your blood. If risk of DS calculated from screen + your age at delivery, 1:350 if 35, 1:270 if 36, is high, choose an FUS for anatomical markers of DS + a cell-free fetal DNA blood test at > 10 wks. gestation or a more invasive diagnostic test. ...Read more
Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?
Depends on the : Degree of low muscle tone ( hypotonia) that is present in a fetus with down syndrome ; the size (smallness for gestational age) of the fetus. Some mothers of infants with ds say they felt less fetal movement than from their non-ds fetuses; others say their fetus with ds was a good " kicker." there is a range of hypotonia in infants with ds, just as there is a range of cognitive ability. ...Read more
Is termination in cases of Down syndrome considered an acceptable reason for a therapeutic abortion?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If someone in your family has down syndrome, is there a larger risk that your baby will have down syndrome?
Slight risk: Most down syndrome is sporadic. A few patients with down syndrome have the extra 21 chromosome translocated on to another chromosome. In some of these cases the parents can carry the translocated chromosome in a balanced form and they and other family members could be at increased risk to have children with the syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which there is an extra chromosome present. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Children with Down syndrome share a common physical appearance including a flattened nose, small ears, a small mouth, upward slanting eyes, and a single crease in the ...Read more
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