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Doctor insights on: Short Term Effects Of Down Syndrome

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Why do people with Down syndrome have a shorter life span than normal?

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

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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Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Yes: Relative to the normal population. Suggest you go to CDC or magic foundation to obtain gender specific growth chart for your child. Watch his diet ! ...Read more

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Babys in womb with Down syndrome have short limbs?

Babys in womb with Down syndrome have short limbs?

Yes.: Checking limb length on ultrasound can be one of the ways to screen for downs syndrome. ...Read more

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Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Any age mom: Ds can occur at ang maternal age but numbers climb a lot for older moms. If doc suspects some unusual issue it is best that s/he be up front about it and do appropriate screening or specific tests to define it.Proper diagnosis can either relieve you or make sure early treatments are started. ...Read more

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What positive effects of Down syndrome are there?

Less atherosclerosis: Lower incidence of atherosclerosis would be the only identified positive effect. ...Read more

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What are the effects of Down syndrome on the mind?

What are the effects of Down syndrome on the mind?

Down syndrome: Most have intellectual disabilities in the mild to moderate range ( iq 50-70 to iq 35-50 ), speech delays, fine motor skills are delayed, epilepsy & alzheimers disease likely later on. ...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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What is down syndrome?

What is down syndrome?

Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome(c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry).Eggs are supposed to have a single 21c & combine with the 21 from dads normal sperm.Here a pair of moms 21c +dad's 21 creates a baby with the extra 21c in all tissues.This extra material confuses the creation of body parts causing ds..Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more