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Doctor insights on: Emotional Effects Of Down Syndrome

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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What are the effects of Down syndrome on the mind?

What are the effects of Down syndrome on the mind?

Down syndrome: Most have intellectual disabilities in the mild to moderate range (iq 50-70 to iq 35-50), speech delays, fine motor skills are delayed, epilepsy & alzheimers disease likely later on. ...Read more

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

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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Why is my baby down syndrome?

Why is my baby down syndrome?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome (c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry).Eggs are supposed to have a single 21c & combine with the 21 from dads normal sperm.In ds the pair of moms 21c +dad's 21 creates a baby with the three 21c in all tissues. This extra material confuses the creation of body parts causing ds. Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

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Why does Down syndrome happen?

Mistake in chromosom: During the formation of normal eggs or sperm the chromosome (c) pairs are supposed to split leaving one of each in the egg/sperm. At conception the joining of egg/sperm brings together the pair & as tissue grows it has the proper number in each cell. With ds the egg has a pair of 21c and at conception a triple 21 is created. All cells derived after will have an extra 21 & become a ds child. ...Read more

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How can you inherit down syndrome?

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 more

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Down syndrome is autosomal dominat?

Down syndrome is autosomal dominat?

No autosomal: 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 the symptoms of down syndrome?

See below: Flat face, hypotonia, and intellectual disability. One third of patients develop congenital heart defect (s). ...Read more

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What are the problems of down syndrome?

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

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How you tell if someone has down syndrome?

How you tell if someone has down syndrome?

Doc should recognise: Down syndrome is one of the most recognizable patterns of any chromosome defect ; one that most doctors can recognize. There are a variety of internet sites with lists of features. If you have concerns you should share them with your physician. A chromosome test can confirm or exclude the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the different causes down syndrome?

What are the different causes down syndrome?

Downs syndrome: Trisomy 21 when there is an extra chromosome at 21, mosaicism when some cells have trisomy and others not, robertson translocation [n which long arm of 21 chromosome is attached to another chromosome often chromosome 14. ...Read more

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Why is Down syndrome more maternally inherited?

It isn't...: Maternally inherited, unless the mother has down's syndrome. Inherited means it's passed from generation to generation. When down's occurs, the egg has two copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual one copy, so when the egg is fertilized, it ends up with three copies instead of the usual two. This is a new event, not an inheritance. The risk of down's syndrome increases with maternal age. ...Read more

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Might someone have multiple instances of down syndrome?

Might someone have multiple instances of down syndrome?

Yes...: The risk depends on the mechanism. Most Down syndrome is caused by extra copy of chromosome 21. The risk of having 2nd child with Down syndrome because of this mechanism is quite low (<1%). If translocation in dad is the cause, risk is 3%; if translocation is in mom, risk is 10-15%.

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http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/down-syndrome/ds00182/dsection=causes. ...Read more

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Does teething cause down syndrome?

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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Is Down syndrome dominant or recessive?

Neither: 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. ...Read more

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What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

Several possible: The features of Down syndrome seem to be dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome. You can get there several ways. The traditional ds (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome. About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...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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Which type of mutation causes down syndrome?

Which type of mutation causes down syndrome?

Trisomy 21: Down syndrome is also called trisomy 21. That means that there is a partial or complete third copy of the chromosome 21. It is the most common chromosomal abnormality. ...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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What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

Complex issue: Children with downs syndrome can be seriously ill at birth. They may have heart disease, bowel obstruction, serious lung disease, blood sugar problems. If these are not present, they may be healthy but hypotonic with trouble feeding. Usually they have obvious features of their face and ears and hands that suggest the diagnosis. Chromosome testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...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)?

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

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Can there be really a cure for down syndrome?

No: If your question is whether you can make it go away the answer is no. Ds patients have the abnormal chromosome information in all the cells of their body for their lifetime. The level of their limitations varies from moderate to major. Ds patients can live a comfortable life with supportive care for their various conditions & have an expected 60+ year lifespan. ...Read more

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What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

Loose tone: The infant with Down syndrome will usual have loose tone, very flexible joints and be delayed in sitting and walking. They usually scoot rather than crawl. Their develop can improve rapidly with good directed play. They usually have problems chewing and swallowing with frequent coughing and chocking. But this will also improve with time. Speech is slow and difficult. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of down syndrome?

What are the signs and symptoms of down syndrome?

Down's syndrome: Delayed maturation of brain & body, result in small chin, oblique eye fissures with skin folds on inner corners of the eyes, flat nasal bridge, poor muscle tone, protruding tongue, flat face, short neck, lax joints, larger space between big toe & second toe, short fingers, short stature & bowed legs, obesity as they grow older. ...Read more

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What is doctors do for people with down syndrome?

Fix what they can: Ds patients born today have an expected lifespan of >60 years & can get there only if they receive the same care for problems that an unaffected kid would. They have a higher frequency of congenital heart defects, diabetes, hypothyroidism & other health issues in their lifetime. With regular health care they can live a pleasant but supervised life. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is Down syndrome in a baby?

Chromosomal disorder: Down syndrome or trisomy 21 is a condition cause by an extra (usually maternal) chromosome #21. It cause a typical features (large tongue up slanting eyes sandal toe) as well as mental retardation. Other medical conditions such as leukemias and orthopedic conditions are also more common. Increased incidence is seen with older mothers. ...Read more

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Is Down Syndrome a sex linked chromosomal disease?

Is Down Syndrome a sex linked chromosomal disease?

No: Down syndrome is an abnormality of chromosome numbers, not a mutation on a sex chromosome. During conception only one of chromosome of each pair is given by both parents to the fertile egg. If a parent adds their 2 # 21 chm to the other parents # 21, 3 end up in the egg ; the excess 21 causes the all the problems. Rare forms are causes by a extra piece of a 21, but that's another issue. ...Read more