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How Long Do People With Down Syndrome Live
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which there is an extra chromosome present. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Children with Down syndrome share a common physical appearance including a flattened nose, small ears, a small mouth, upward slanting eyes, and a single crease in the ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ab 9 weeks pregnant. My cycles were 45 days long and I got pregnant from ovulating on day 30. Does late ovulation increase risk for Down syndrome?
Downs syndome: Fertilization of an aged egg may predispose to Down's Syndrome ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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