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Risk Downs Syndrome
1/287: Latest numbers show a risk of 1 in 287 births at age 36 not taking into consideration any other factors. ...Read more
1:225: It's 1:150 in the 2nd trimester and 1:225 at birth - see http://www.Ds-health.Com/risk.Htm. ...Read more
Please be specific: When asking questions on the site please avoid using initials or labels that may have several interpretations. ASD could relate to a heart defect or autistic spectrum disorder as an example & the answer would differ significantly.Though ds patients can have the heart defect, autism spectrum label would be considered inappropriate for a ds patient even though some of the symptom features overlap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Most often, down's syndrome, or trisomy 21, occurs in women over the age of 35 and increases with age. For people at risk, there are definitive diagnostic tests (cvs and amniocentesis) that can confirm or rule out a chromosomal abnormality. Also, most states offer comprehensive screening tests that inform patients whether they are at increased or decreased risk of carrying a down's syndrome baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Down sydrome occurs in all races and all ethnic groups at about the same rate. It is probably impossible to truly compare occurence rates in various groups because of the many inter-racial or inter-ethnic families in america. A study done about 20 years ago reported that hispanic women had a slightly higher rate of down syndrome babies, but I am not sure how valid those study results are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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If there is no sign of Down syndrome in my family, what are the chances I will have a child with downs?
Getting higher: These risks are basically related to age.As you pass 40 it hits 1% and by 45=2% and after 50 as much as 5%.You must add that to the 4% baseline every pregnancy faces. There are screening tests that help yu know ahead of time that a problem is coming. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the odds of having a child with downs syndrome in the u.S., if you do all the appropriate screenings?
Age dependent: One fourth of pregnancies that are affected by downs are either stillborn or miscarried, that said, one of the greatest variables is maternal age at conception. If you are 20 years old the risk is roughly 1 in 1600, if you are 35 the risk is about 1 in 380 and if you are 40 it is about 1 in 106. ...Read more
Why everyone scares of downs syndrome if a women conceives after 35? If it is real what precaution should a woman take if she conceives at 39?
No: Av canal does not cause down syndrome, but av canal is one of the abnormalities that make up down syndrome (a syndrome is a group of abnormalities that appear together in affected persons). The cause of down syndrome is the presence of an extra chromosome #21. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This is listed is present in about 45% of infants with ds but may be seen at least on one side in 5-7% of normal infants. ...Read more