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How long do Down syndrome children live?

How long do Down syndrome children live?

Variable: They do die relatively young in the 20s and 30s but they thrive on love just the same as normal kids and their death is unpredictable. ...Read more

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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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I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?

I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?

No: Although some ds kids have life threatening conditions at birth these are usually recognized & fixed as they would for any other newborn. In life they have many challenges but generally live out a long life if these issues are managed. Expected lifespan of a newborn with ds today exceeds 60 yrs. ...Read more

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How long does a Down syndrome person usually live? Is that a problem since parents are usually old?

How long does a Down syndrome person usually live? Is that a problem since parents are usually old?

6 decades +: Years ago the expected lifespan for ds kids was short, due to a combination of heart defects, increased vulnerability to infection & lack of aggressive management. Today the projected lifespan exceeds 6 decades.Ds is a prime example of the need for survivor assistance planning. Various ds support groups, the "arc", social workers all help families integrate public & private support. ...Read more

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How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?

How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?

Depends: Trisomy 21 with a vsd and eisenmenger's has, unfortunately, a poor prognosis. The length of survival is variable and depends on the severity of the pulmonary hypertension as well as any other conditions. Treatments depend on those factors as well. Please discuss your child's specific prognosis with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How were people with Down syndrome treated in the 1940s?

How were people with Down syndrome treated in the 1940s?

Institutionalized: A common approach to ds patients in the 40's was to reccomend institutionalization.Up to 1/3 had a potentially lethal heart defects that could not be fully assessed or fixed at the time & many other issues that seemed futile. Families were encourages to house them in specialized centers where they would be given basic care for what was expected to be a short life of 2-30 yrs. ...Read more

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What medical options are available for people with Down syndrome?

What medical options are available for people with Down syndrome?

Guidelines exist for: health care maintenance for infants, children & adults with DS. No medications enhance cognitive or motor functioning in DS. See quackwatch.com before using anything touted to do so. Some people opt for a wedge resection of the tongue to normalize appearance. High maternal educational level, parental insistence on adaptive behaviors & Early Intervention services are factors that improve outcomes ...Read more

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Do people with Down syndrome always have the physical characteristics?

Always is a big word: I have encountered some with very mild features & one that had the features of a dwarf & none recognizable as DS.Since every cell of their body has the same extra chromosome, certain organs/areas tend to have the same problems. Their facial features/hands/feet are similar.Their heart often has a defect,but not always the same one. They share similarities but there is variation within this group. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people with Down syndrome to live fifty years or less?

Poor health: The expected lifespan of a ds patient born today exceeds 60 years if they have access to the basic medical care & dietary resources of average individuals. They do have higher risks for a variety of health issues involving their glands (thyroid, diabetes) their bones (scoliosis, joint pain & weakness) and the impact of obesity is much worse for their overall health. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to people with Down syndrome when they get old?

Depends on variables: They have an expected lifespan in excess of 60 yrs. Over their life they have a higher frequency of hypothyroidism, diabetes, scoliosis, foot problems and a variety of other issues. Some can be very limited with their communication skills and some less so.Women can have children, men not. Mental limitations are always present.Lack of medical treatment for any issue can shorten lifespan. ...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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Why do people with Down syndrome tend to be overweight?

Overfeeding: Our culture often places emphasis on food as rewards or as a sign of love. Sadly, the down syndrome kid is vulnerable to a lifetime of joint problems, scoliosis& other issues aggravated by being over weight. It is critical in these kids to limit their diet to healthy foods & avoid the trap of feeling sorry for them ( thus giving them food for comfort).These kids can be nl wt if u let them. ...Read more

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What happens to people with Down syndrome when they get over 50?

What happens to people with Down syndrome when they get over 50?

Develops dementia: Individuals with down syndrome often develop premature dementia by genetic cause, and their IQ level drops to 20-30 by the time they reach 40 years old. ...Read more

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Why do all people with Down syndrome have similar facial features?

Why do all people with Down syndrome have similar facial features?

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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Why do people with Down syndrome have a shorter life span than normal?

In the absence of : significant congenital heart disease, average life expectancy for people with DS is 60. Genetic changes that occur in Trisomy ^ risk of many medical conditions: leukemia, celiac disease, lowered immune system function, sleep apnea, obesity, heart valve disease in young adulthood, mental illness, early Alzheimer's & many more. Quality & duration of life are improved by assiduous medical care. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people with Down syndrome to have similar facial features?

Chromosome influence: The size and shape of the skull and facial features of down syndrome patients is heavily influenced by 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.Other chromosome defects produce some common features to those born with a specified extra chromosome. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why people with Down syndrome seem to have the same facial features?

I'm curious as to why people with Down syndrome seem to have the same facial features?

Effect of chromosome: The extra chromosome material that produces ds is present in every cell of the body and has great influence everywhere.In body parts that require a lot of information to form, like the face, hands, feet the effect of the extra material is seen in these visible areas as a similar pattern. ...Read more

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Why do people with Down syndrome all have the same facial appearance?

Why do people with Down syndrome all have the same facial appearance?

Genetics: The vast majority of ds patients will have enough similarities in physical appearance to be recognized by knowledgeable people.This is caused by the effect of the extra chromosome material on every cell of the body during the formation of all facial and body structures. ...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