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Why do Down syndrome patient have their eyes slanted upward, is it caused by the chromosome 21, i need an explanation on why their face look different?

Why do Down syndrome patient have their eyes slanted upward, is it caused by the chromosome 21, i need an explanation on why their face look different?

In the genes: All of our features are determined by our genes. The appearance of your eyes, nose, mouth, hair color, skin color, among other features are all inherited. When there is a defect in the gene coding, changes can occur. Facial features can change with in utero exposure such as alcohol (fas syndrome). For downs, the extra 21 causes low ears, slanted eyes, simian crease as well as organ problems. ...Read more

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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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Does my nephew have Down syndrome if slant eyes and big tongue?

DEPENDS: How slanted and how big.These are features subject to personal interpretation and are seen in the normal population.They can mirror the parents or other family members. If there are really concerns there are blood tests that can confirm or exclude that diagnosis.These features alone are of little value in making that determination. ...Read more

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Why do people with Down syndrome have small squinty eyes?

Why do people with Down syndrome have small squinty eyes?

Chromosome influence: The size ; shape of the skull ; facial features of down syndrome patients is heavily influenced bu the effect of the extra chromosome present in every cell of the body.The same goes for eyes, hands ; feet all of which require a lot of decoding during formation to produce the structures. Many other chromosome defects produce some common features to those born with the abnormality. ...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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Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Any age mom: Ds can occur at ang maternal age but numbers climb a lot for older moms. If doc suspects some unusual issue it is best that s/he be up front about it and do appropriate screening or specific tests to define it.Proper diagnosis can either relieve you or make sure early treatments are started. ...Read more

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I'm 28. 19 wk preg. Had u/s. Normal however tech found white spot on left ventricle. Tech said may indicate down syndrome. What are the chances?

Time for consultatn: I would review the study with the radiologist or your OB before taking the comments of a tech. Some are knowledgeable and some less so.It is considered unprofessional for any to give information to a parent before review by the physician. ...Read more

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How many ways can Down syndrome develop?

Extra 21 chromosome: The majority of down syndrome develops when the fertilized egg gets an extra number 21 chromosome from the mother. When that cell divides and forms an embryo, every one of the cells in the baby's body have that extra 21 chromosome. There are rare cases where a baby inherits an extra part of the 21 chromosome from one of it's parents. The extra genes on the 21 chromosome cause the down syndrome. ...Read more

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How to train children with down syndrome?

How to train children with down syndrome?

For an assessment : of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. old, call Pam Barton, Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106. At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read more

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How can Down syndrome effect your health?

Every cell affected: Down syndrome is caused by having an extra copy of chromosome 21. Typically, this is caused by having three full copies of chromosome 21, also known as trisomy 21. Every cell in the body has an abnormal number of chromosomes, so it's easy to imagine that multiple organ systems would be affected. A valuable resource for down syndrome health supervision is available from the aap. www.aap.org. ...Read more

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How is for a child living with down syndrome?

Broad topic: A bit too broad for a 400 character answer. You might explore the official website of the national down syndrome society & check out thir regular stories on this topic. www.ndss.org/my-great-story. ...Read more