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Doctor insights on: Diagnosing Down Syndrome

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What are my chances of having downs syndrome if I am a 37yo female?

What are my chances of having downs syndrome if I am a 37yo female?

1:225: It's 1:150 in the 2nd trimester and 1:225 at birth - see http://www.Ds-health.Com/risk.Htm. ...Read more

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Are there any races that are genetically linked to downs syndrome?

Are there any races that are genetically linked to downs syndrome?

No: Down sydrome occurs in all races and all ethnic groups at about the same rate. It is probably impossible to truly compare occurence rates in various groups because of the many inter-racial or inter-ethnic families in america. A study done about 20 years ago reported that hispanic women had a slightly higher rate of down syndrome babies, but I am not sure how valid those study results are. ...Read more

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What's downs syndrome?

What's downs syndrome?

Downs syndrome: Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes lifelong mental retardation, developmental delays and other problems. Down syndrome varies in severity, so developmental problems range from moderate to serious. ...Read more

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Could downs syndrome be a part of asd?

Could downs syndrome be a part of asd?

Please be specific: When asking questions on the site please avoid using initials or labels that may have several interpretations. ASD could relate to a heart defect or autistic spectrum disorder as an example & the answer would differ significantly.Though ds patients can have the heart defect, autism spectrum label would be considered inappropriate for a ds patient even though some of the symptom features overlap. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent having a child with downs syndrome?

Are there ways to prevent having a child with downs syndrome?

Yes: Most often, down's syndrome, or trisomy 21, occurs in women over the age of 35 and increases with age. For people at risk, there are definitive diagnostic tests (cvs and amniocentesis) that can confirm or rule out a chromosomal abnormality. Also, most states offer comprehensive screening tests that inform patients whether they are at increased or decreased risk of carrying a down's syndrome baby. ...Read more

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Why do people with downs syndrome have exceptionally long tongues?

Why do people with downs syndrome have exceptionally long tongues?

Physical Trait: People with Down Syndrome have oversize tongue(Macroglossia) It is a physical trait that is there because of Down's Syndrome ...Read more

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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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How does blood determines how high or low risk you are of having downs syndrome baby?

How does blood determines how high or low risk you are of having downs syndrome baby?

They r getting bette: at finding the baby's cells in the blood of the mother. With that, they can see if the baby has abnormal chromosomes and if the baby has Down's. ...Read more

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What to do if I have downs syndrome. how do I get my friends to stop calling me names?

Get new friends: Sorry to hear that your friends and truly NOT your friends and if they can not except you for who YOU are then you need to find others that will appreciate you for who you are. GET NEW FRIENDS. No worries ...Read more