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Doctor insights on: Is There Any Way To Know Risk Of Down Syndrome

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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Is there any way to naturally lower the risk of down syndrome?

Is there any way to naturally lower the risk of down syndrome?

No Except....: The risk of having a baby with down's syndrome increases with the age of the mother. Thus having children at younger ages is the only known way to naturally lower the risk. ...Read more

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What is the risk of Down syndrome in a 50 year old woman?

1/12: Data from a new york state study put the risk at 1 in 12 for age 49. I found no later estimates. ...Read more

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Where can I find a girlfriend with low risk of Down syndrome at 50? Want an heir.

Where can I find a girlfriend with low risk of Down syndrome at 50? Want an heir.

Incidence increases : The incidence of down syndrome actually begin to increase after the mid twenties and cross the 1/100 risk from 40-44 & 1/50 at 45+. Risk of an unexpected outcome is a steady 4% for any pregnancy + any added issues. Where & how you can find a spouse or surrogate to carry an heir is a a different issue. Hopefully this info helps. ...Read more

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Penta test came back for having high risk of Down Syndrome. How accurate is this test? Will Panorama possibly be negative?

Could be: there may be a one-in-five chance of a false positive or even a one-in-two chance, depending on the mother’s age. If the panorama is negative, then it was likely that the penta test did not screen properly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Can you tell me about causes of high risk of Down syndrome during pregnancy?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry). It usually happens when an egg with an extra 21c combines with a normal sperm ; creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.Risks vary with age and are lowest in the early 20's(1/2000), rising to 1/100 at about 40 ; 1/12 at 49.Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more

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If genetic testing show a high risk of Down syndrome should you have an amniocentesis?

If genetic testing show a high risk of Down syndrome should you have an amniocentesis?

Yes: Genetic testing is just a screening test. Amniocentesis is the only test where you can confirm the findings with 100% accuracy to detect presence or absence of downs syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

What are the chances my child will be born with chromosomal abnormalities? I was told my unborn child has echogenic bowels, that i tested higher for the risk of Down syndrome and as a carrier of the cystic fibrosis trait

There : There are several ultrasound findings that can suggest down sysndrome, and echogenic bowel is one of them. There could be other explanations for that finding, though. It sound like you will need some testing to find out what's going on. The two tests used most commonly are amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling. Each has its own risks and benefits, so you should discuss them with your obstetrician. I would suggest that you do this sooner than later, and regardless of whether the outcome might lead you to terminate the pregnancy. ...Read more