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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...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?

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

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What can I do to know if I have down syndrome?

Blood test: The confirmation of this diagnosis is best done with a blood test with chromosome analysis. This is the best way to confirm or exclude the diagnosis. It also allows for sub-classification into the several forms. There is classical, mosaic, and translocation forms of ds. ...Read more

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What body systems are affected by down syndrome?

What body systems are affected by down syndrome?

Multi-system: Heart, thyroid, eyes, iq are the most common to be affected. The child may have a slight problem or a significant impairment in one or several of those areas. ...Read more

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I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

Down's Syndrome: Your pediatrician will be very familiar with this, and will help you. You can also look for a local support group. There is also a national group, as well. Http://www. Ndss. Org ...Read more

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What areas of the body does Down syndrome affect?

Downs Syndrome: Downs syndrome affects the nervous system like intelectual disability. It can affect heart with congenital heart disease.Thyroid may be affected like congenital hypothyroidism, increased incidense of hirschsprung disease, duodenal atresia, gastro esophagial reflux disease. I fertility in men and women have increase incidence of misscarriage, prematurity. Risk of epilepsy, eye and ear diorders&hearing loss. ...Read more

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Is Down syndrome sex linked/recessive/or dominant?

Is Down syndrome sex linked/recessive/or dominant?

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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What are symptoms of major diseases in down syndrome?

Variable: The most significant symptoms happen if the child with down's has cardiac defects. Some of these defects may require surgery. Immunity issues may exist that predipose to infection and/or leukemia (a blood cancer). ...Read more

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Do you think an adult could have mosaic down syndrome?

Do you think an adult could have mosaic down syndrome?

Accounts for 1% DS: Mosaicism is encountered in ds patients & I have followed one in the past. By definition, some tissues are composed of cells with normal information & other tissues have the abnormal, but the mix could vary greatly in the percentage of either. Functional outcome depends on that blend & whether the abnormally derived tissues compose critical structures like brain, blood, reproductive organs, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any way to naturally lower the risk of down syndrome?

Is there any way to naturally lower the risk of down syndrome?

No Except....: The risk of having a baby with down's syndrome increases with the age of the mother. Thus having children at younger ages is the only known way to naturally lower the risk. ...Read more

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How many cases of Down syndrome are reported around the world?

How many cases of Down syndrome are reported around the world?

DS Education Inter-: National estimates that there are 1.6 million children under the age of 18 who have Down Syndrome. See http://www. Dseinternational. Org/en-us/about-down-syndrome/ ...Read more

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Please tell me the characteristics of Down syndrome for a baby?

Please tell me the characteristics of Down syndrome for a baby?

DEPENDS ON SEVERITY-: Poor muscle tone; flat face ; nasal bridge; upward slanted eyes w/epicanthic folds; low set ears; open mouth w/protruding tongue; short neck w/excessive skin on nape; short, broad hands; incurved 5th finger; transverse palmar crease; wide gap betn 1st ; 2nd toe; joint hyper flexibility; intellectual/ developmental delay w/mental retardation; congenital heart ; GI malformation, short stature etc. ...Read more

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What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: Risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome, at prenatal diagnosis vs. The risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery, the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had down syndrome, would you take a drug to counteract the effects?

What drug????: There is no drug to counteract the effects of down syndrome. This chromosomal disorder puts extra chromosome material in every cell of the body. That extra material is like having 2 sets of conflicting blue prints to build a house. Stuff doesn't come out right. ...Read more

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Does teething cause down syndrome?

Not at all: Down syndrome is a genetic disorder, you can only be born with it, teething has nothing to do with it, your baby is safe. ...Read more

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Can a Down syndrome baby be not retarded?

Can a Down syndrome baby be not retarded?

Range of intelligenc: Children with Down syndrom have a range of intelligence. Those at the higher end are usually at the low end of the average range and can be quite independent. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

Physical and genetic: Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder having one too many of the 21 chromosome. Most are detected on the triple screen, followed by genetic testing on amniocentesis. However, there are physical signs to look for: a single palmar crease, very weak musculature, distinct facial features, and heart defects. There are other smaller signs. There will be developmental delay, and other health issues later. ...Read more

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How could a Down syndrome person lose weight?

How could a Down syndrome person lose weight?

Lose wt for Downs: The same approach to weight loss that is generally recommended also pertains to people with downs syndrome. Emphasize appropriately balanced meals, reduction in high calorie snacks and exercise. ...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