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Doctor insights on: Edwards Syndrome Life Expectancy

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How common is Edwards syndrome?

How common is Edwards syndrome?

1 out of 5000: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/trisomy-18

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Edwards Syndrome (Definition)

Edwards Syndrome happens with a frequency 1 in 6000 live births, and is the 2nd most common chromosomal syndrome, where there is an extra copy or part of an extra 18th chromosome. The classic physical findings include prominent occiput, clenched hands, and usually significant structural heart defects. The life span is short with usually severe mental retardation, ...Read more


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What is the history behind edwards syndrome?

Early Chromosome DX: Dr edwards reported of the features of trisomy 18 in 1960 in the british journal the lancet. Drs patau & smith reported it in the same journal edition but the name edward syndrome has stuck. This was soon after the methods for preparing & counting chromosomes was available in research labs starting in the late 1950's. ...Read more

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What is the edwards syndrome mode of inheritance?

Sporadic event: The preparation of an egg for fertilization includes reducing all the chromosomes (22 regular pairs + a sex chm pair) from pairs to singles. The sperm then brings a single 1-22 regular +a sex chromosome. If the egg has a pair of 18 chms, then when the sperm adds the single 18 there is 3, this creates the chms imbalance in every skin cell of the fetus & results in the defects of edward syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Edwards syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Edwards syndrome?

Trisomy 18: Edwards Syndrome happens with a frequency 1 in 6000 live births, and is the 2nd most common chromosomal syndrome, where there is an extra copy or part of an extra 18th chromosome. The classic physical findings include prominent occiput, clenched hands, and usually significant structural heart defects. The life span is short with usually severe mental retardation, and many medical issues... ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate more about edwards' syndrome?

Can any docs elaborate more about edwards' syndrome?

Trisomy: Edward syndrome is an abnormality of chromosome numbers, not a trait or mutation in the gene code. It cannot be inherited as all cases are fatal before reproductive age. During conception only one of chromosome of each pair should be given by both parents to the fertile egg an extra nbr 18 causes the all the problems in fetal development. ...Read more

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How old is that politicians child with edwards syndrome?

How old is that politicians child with edwards syndrome?

3: Trisomy 18 is usually fatal, but some children make it to age one and beyond. Here is a link to an article about santorum and trisomy 18 info http://republicanredefined.Com/2012/01/29/rick-santorums-daughter-bella-hospitalized-in-pennsylvania/. ...Read more

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Is edwards syndrome dominant or recessive , can it be inherited?

Is edwards syndrome dominant or recessive , can it be inherited?

Neither: It is a trisomy like the more common down syndrome.It can be inherited if a parent was a genetic abnormality. It could be a spontaneous aberration. Genetic testing of both parents should be considered. ...Read more

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What is edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) like?

What is edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) like?

Extra chromosome: In trisomy 18 the patient has an extra chromosome 18. This genetic disorder frequently causes heart and kidney defects. They may have a small head and jaw and usually have severe developmental delay. Here is a link http://www.Trisomy18.Org/site/pageserver?Pagename=whatist18_whatis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for edwards syndrome trisomy?

No: Those with a standard trisomy have the abnormality in every cell of their body. The vast majority will die within the first year from one of many major congenital abnormalities with this defect. ...Read more

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What are current treatments for edwards syndrome?

Much patience: Treatment for a child with edwards syndrome is very difficult. It calls for a lot of patience as these babies are severely debilitated. ...Read more

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