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What causes high risk of my little one having down syndrome?

What causes high risk of my little one having down syndrome?

Advanced mom age: The risk of having a baby with any form of chromosome defect increases as the mother ages. It is lowest in her early 20's and rises above 1% at 40 and approach 5% at 50. It is a fact of life, that environmental toxic factors may eventually cause changes to the eggs that yield this risk. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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What are the risk factor of dumping syndrome?

What are the risk factor of dumping syndrome?

Past surgeries: The primary risk factor is past surgeries, such as gastrectomy, gastric bypass, esophagectomy and sometimes cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). More rarely are tumors of the pancreas associated with high gastrin levels or connective tissue disorders of the gut. ...Read more

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Does Down syndrome increase your risk for leukemia?

Does Down syndrome increase your risk for leukemia?

Yes: Down syndrome unfortunately leads to an increased risk of acute myeloid (especially megakaryocytic) and acute lymphocytic leukemias. The risk of acute leukemia in the first 5 years of life is 56x higher than non-downs kids and overall, 1 in 150 downs patients develop leukemia. ...Read more

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Does people with low C3 level in sjogren's syndrome are at increased risk of lymphoma?

Does people with low C3 level in sjogren's syndrome are at increased risk of lymphoma?

Yes: All sjogren's patients have a somewhat increased risk of malignant lymphoma. However, it's not nearly as dangerous as being a smoker. You're still a very young man and it's unlikely to catch up to you for at least a few decades, and probably never. Learn to live with this; your physician can help you with your thinking if you can't put the fear out of your mind. ...Read more

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What shift pattern has higher risk of heart disease?

What shift pattern has higher risk of heart disease?

Puzzled: Ok, i give up. What do you mean by shift pattern? Dress style from the '50s? Gear shift like "4 on the floor'" vs "3 on the column"? Leukocytosis shift? (like a "left shift"?). I'm just not sure what you're asking. ...Read more

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What are the risks of developing high blood pressure or preeclampsia again?

What are the risks of developing high blood pressure or preeclampsia again?

Many risks-"toxemia": A woman has a higher chance of developing preeclampsia if she has a history of it or hypertension, is diabetic, has certain kidney or autoimmune disease, has >1 fetus, is at an age extreme (young or midlife), etc. If she does develop preeclampsia, complications include the condition progressing to eclampsia (convulsions) or to strokes, kidney damage, bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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What increases the risk of dehydration in children?

What increases the risk of dehydration in children?

Size matters: Kids are not small adults. They have a higher percentage of water to body mass.They have a higher baseline metabolism. They are more prone to gut viruses that adults have developed immunity to. When they get sick, they can shut down and refuse to drink while an adult knows s/he must.Dehydration is a common reason for hospitalization in kids for those reasons. ...Read more

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What factors increase the risk of developing diabetes?

What factors increase the risk of developing diabetes?

Obesity. Genes.: Fat tissue in the body increases resistance to insulin, which ultimately causes diabetes. As well, 90% of family members of diabetics will be hard wired genetically to get diabetes. ...Read more

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Diabetes are at increased risk of developing the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, is this true?

Diabetes are at increased risk of developing the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, is this true?

Lung development: It is true that high sugars can delay lung development in the developing fetus. ...Read more

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The increased risk of having a child with genetic defects like down syn. Also applies to men over age 40?

The increased risk of having a child with genetic defects like down syn. Also applies to men over age 40?

Yes: The simple answer is yes, but for different and incompletely understood reasons. "advanced paternal age" has been associated with genetic defects in general, though not specifically down syndrome as in women. The reasons remain to be determined, but as with anything else, scientific literature suggests that sperm "quality" degrades over time with increased risk of various defects. ...Read more

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Would someone with severe post-thrombotic syndrome be at higher risk of stroke and heart disease?

Would someone with severe post-thrombotic syndrome be at higher risk of stroke and heart disease?

Venous disorder: Post phlebitic (thrombotic) syndrome is a venous disorder and is a result of having had a clot in the deep veins leading to venous hypertension and venous insufficiency. It does not make one more prone to stroke or heart disease. ...Read more

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What increases the risk of developing gout?

What increases the risk of developing gout?

Diet, medications: High purine diet, certain medications as well as other systemic conditions. ...Read more

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What factors increases the risk of diabetes 2 in people?

Multiple: Family history (if your parents, grandparents, kids, or siblings have it), if you ever had gestational diabetes, if you are overweight, if you are sedentary, if you have high cholesterol / blood pressure, and if you eat a high carbohydrate diet. Some things you can control, some things you cannot. Absolutely control the things that you can! ...Read more

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What is my risk of getting toxic shock syndrome (tss) risk?

What is my risk of getting toxic shock syndrome (tss) risk?

That depends: That depends on if you have risk factors or not. Toxic Shock Syndrome can occur with use of superabsorbent tampons/ contraceptive sponges, viral infections, burns/ abrasions to skin or recent surgery. Toxic Shock Syndrome is most often associated with bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus. ...Read more

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Why are high hCG levels an indicator of down syndrome?

Why are high hCG levels an indicator of down syndrome?

See below: As tests were developed to assess the fetal health it was noted that a fetus with down's syndrome had higher maternal HCG levels that a normal child. This came to be part of the test, along with maternal age and ultrasound examination, to asses the risk of having a down's child. ...Read more

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Is fragile x syndrome the same degree of retardation as down syndrome?

Variable: They are both "genetic" conditions but they are different in the spectrum of issues they present-. People with fragile x may have subtle cognitive impairments all depending on how affected the fmr1 gene is. People with downs have an extra chromosome and kids have delayed cognition as well as physical growth and frequently heart problems.. They both may exhibit autistic traits, more so fagile x. ...Read more

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What increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

What increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

Earlier age of birth: The care of premature birth babies is a battle between things known to increase survival including oxygen administration versus the risk of this life-saving oxygen cause retinopathy. No intervention is as good as oxygen and so this is an assumed risk. Treatment for this is possible including bevicizumab. ...Read more

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