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Can edwards syndrome be inherited?

Can edwards syndrome be inherited?

Edwards syndrome: Edwards syndrome is better known as trisomy 18. It is caused by imperfect division of the chromosomes with an extra chromosome ending up in the embryo. That process can happen to anyone. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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 are the tests for edwards syndrome?

What are the tests for edwards syndrome?

Chromosome test: The usual test is called a karyotype. Blood cells (white cells) are obtained from the patient and the chromosomes are counted under a microscope. If there is an extra chromosome 18 then the patient has edwards syndrome or trisomy 18. This test can be done after the baby is born or it can be done in utero by amniocentesis (amniotic fluid taken from the uterus is tested). ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is edwards syndrome?

Fatal disorder: Edwards or trisomy 18 is a birth defect with a third copy of chromosome 18. Most pregnancies with an extra chromosome miscarry. Of those that are born live 50% die in two weeks only 8% live to one year. Infants with this problem tend to have many problems including heart disease, kidney disease, rounded bottoms to their feet! webbing between toes and undescended testicles. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of edwards syndrome?

See below:: Trisomy 18 (edwards syndrome) is associated with abnormalities in many parts of the body. Individuals often have slow growth before birth (intrauterine growth retardation) & a low birth weight. Affected individuals may have heart defects and anomalies of other organs that develop before birth. Other features include a small, abnl shaped head; a small jaw/mouth; clenched fists;overlapping fingers. ...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?

What is 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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How common is Edwards syndrome?

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

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How is edwards syndrome discovered?

How is edwards syndrome discovered?

Edwards syndrome: This is another name for trisomy 18. Trisomy is a big word that means three copies. So trisomy 18 has three copies of the 18th chromosome. It can be discovered by an amniocentesis or cvs, and recently even a blood test. ...Read more