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Can you please lay out the life expectancy for people who have down syndrome?

Can you please lay out the  life expectancy for people who have down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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What is the life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

What is the life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

Hard to say: I as a nursing home director had a patient with downs syndrome and diabetes. She just expired at the age of 65 from complications of pneumonia. She did very well until the very end of life. ...Read more

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...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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How many ways can Down syndrome develop?

Extra 21 chromosome: The majority of Down syndrome develops when the fertilized egg gets an extra number 21 chromosome from the mother. When that cell divides and forms an embryo, every one of the cells in the baby's body have that extra 21 chromosome. There are rare cases where a baby inherits an extra part of the 21 chromosome from one of it's parents. The extra genes on the 21 chromosome cause the down syndrome. ...Read more

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How to train children with down syndrome?

How to train children with down syndrome?

For an assessment : of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. old, call Pam Barton,
Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106.
At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read more

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How can Down syndrome effect your health?

How can Down syndrome effect your health?

Every cell affected: Down syndrome is caused by having an extra copy of chromosome 21. Typically, this is caused by having three full copies of chromosome 21, also known as trisomy 21. Every cell in the body has an abnormal number of chromosomes, so it's easy to imagine that multiple organ systems would be affected. A valuable resource for Down syndrome health supervision is available from the aap. www.aap.org. ...Read more

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How is for a child living with down syndrome?

Broad topic: A bit too broad for a 400 character answer. You might explore the official website of the national Down syndrome society & check out thir regular stories on this topic.
www.ndss.org/my-great-story. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if I have down syndrome?

Blood test: The confirmation of this diagnosis is best done with a blood test with chromosome analysis. This is the best way to confirm or exclude the diagnosis.It also allows for sub-classification into the several forms.There is classical, mosaic, and translocation forms of ds. ...Read more

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What body systems are affected by down syndrome?

What body systems are affected by down syndrome?

Multi-system: Heart, thyroid, eyes, iq are the most common to be affected. The child may have a slight problem or a significant impairment in one or several of those areas. ...Read more

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I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

Down's Syndrome: Your pediatrician will be very familiar with this, and will help you. You can also look for a local support group. There is also a national group, as well. http://www.ndss.org ...Read more

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What areas of the body does Down syndrome affect?

Downs Syndrome: Downs syndrome affects the nervous system like intelectual disability.It can affect heart with congenital heart disease.Thyroid may be affected like congenital hypothyroidism, increased incidense of hirschsprung disease, duodenal atresia, gastro esophagial reflux disease.I fertility in men and women have increase incidence of misscarriage, prematurity.Risk of epilepsy, eye and ear diorders&hearing loss. ...Read more

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Is Down syndrome sex linked/recessive/or dominant?

Is Down syndrome sex linked/recessive/or dominant?

None of the above: Down syndrome happens when an extra 21 chromosome is present in all the cells of the body. It happens before conception when the donor egg fails to shed one of its 21 chromosomes in the formation of the egg; the male 21 joins the female pair & creates an embryo with 3 number 21's. It has nothing to do with traits or mutations in the gene code. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of major diseases in down syndrome?

What are symptoms of major diseases in down syndrome?

Variable: The most significant symptoms happen if the child with down's has cardiac defects. Some of these defects may require surgery. Immunity issues may exist that predipose to infection and/or leukemia ( a blood cancer). ...Read more

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Do you think an adult could have mosaic down syndrome?

Do you think an adult could have mosaic down syndrome?

Accounts for 1% DS: Mosaicism is encountered in ds patients & I have followed one in the past. By definition, some tissues are composed of cells with normal information & other tissues have the abnormal, but the mix could vary greatly in the percentage of either. Functional outcome depends on that blend & whether the abnormally derived tissues compose critical structures like brain, blood, reproductive organs, etc. ...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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How many cases of Down syndrome are reported around the world?

How many cases of Down syndrome are reported around the world?

DS Education Inter-: national estimates that there are 1.6 million children under the age of 18 who have Down Syndrome. See http://www.dseinternational.org/en-us/about-down-syndrome/ ...Read more

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Please tell me the characteristics of Down syndrome for a baby?

Please tell me the characteristics of Down syndrome for a baby?

DEPENDS ON SEVERITY-: Poor muscle tone; flat face ; nasal bridge; upward slanted eyes w/epicanthic folds; low set ears; open mouth w/protruding tongue; short neck w/excessive skin on nape; short, broad hands; incurved 5th finger; transverse palmar crease; wide gap betn 1st ; 2nd toe; joint hyper flexibility; intellectual/ developmental delay w/mental retardation; congenital heart ; GI malformation, short stature etc. ...Read more

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What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome, at prenatal diagnosis vs. the risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery,the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had down syndrome, would you take a drug to counteract the effects?

What drug ????: There is no drug to counteract the effects of down syndrome. This chromosomal disorder puts extra chromosome material in every cell of the body.That extra material is like having 2 sets of conflicting blue prints to build a house.Stuff doesn't come out right. ...Read more

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Does teething cause down syndrome?

Not at all: Down syndrome is a genetic disorder, you can only be born with it, teething has nothing to do with it , your baby is safe. ...Read more

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Is Down syndrome dominant or recessive?

Neither: Down syndrome happens when an extra 21 chromosome is present in all the cells of the body. It happens before conception when the donor egg fails to shed one of its 21 chromosomes in the formation of the egg & the male 21 joins the female pair & creates an embryo with 3 number 21's. ...Read more

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What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

Several possible: The features of Down syndrome seem to be dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome.You can get there several ways. The traditional ds (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome.About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...Read more

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Can a Down syndrome baby be not retarded?

Can a Down syndrome baby
 be not retarded?

Range of intelligenc: Children with Down syndrom have a range of intelligence. Those at the higher end are usually at the low end of the average range and can be quite independent. ...Read more

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Which type of mutation causes down syndrome?

Which type of mutation causes down syndrome?

Trisomy 21: Down syndrome is also called trisomy 21. That means that there is a partial or complete third copy of the chromosome 21. It is the most common chromosomal abnormality. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

Physical and genetic: Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder having one too many of the 21 chromosome. Most are detected on the triple screen, followed by genetic testing on amniocentesis. However, there are physical signs to look for: a single palmar crease, very weak musculature, distinct facial features, and heart defects. There are other smaller signs. There will be developmental delay, and other health issues later. ...Read more

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What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

Complex issue: Children with downs syndrome can be seriously ill at birth. They may have heart disease, bowel obstruction, serious lung disease, blood sugar problems. If these are not present, they may be healthy but hypotonic with trouble feeding. Usually they have obvious features of their face and ears and hands that suggest the diagnosis. Chromosome testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more