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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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If baby's heart rate is low is it a sign of down syndrome?

If baby's heart rate is low is it a sign of down syndrome?

Bradycardia: While children with downes syndrome may have a slow heart rate, there are many other causes of slow heart rate, such as hypothyroidism and others. Down's syndrome is best characterized by the constellation of associated characteristics and chromosomal abnormality. ...Read more

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Which is a better predictor of Down syndrome during the first trimester screening, low papp-a or high hCG levels? Or the ratio between the two values?

Which is a better predictor of Down syndrome during the first trimester screening, low papp-a or high hCG levels? Or the ratio between the two values?

Four tests: A combination of four tests, quad screen, is done twice as a screening test for down syndrome. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/quad-screen/my00127. ...Read more

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5w4d pregnant Hcg at 14031 (up from 5859 in 48h). Are these normal values or is there risk for Down syndrome?

5w4d  pregnant Hcg at 14031 (up from 5859 in 48h). Are these normal values or is there risk for Down syndrome?

More likely two: That is higher than average, but that's not unusual either. It is much more likely to mean twins than Down Syndrome. See your OBGYN to evaluate this and ask about how to understand your lab results overall. Congratulations and best wishes! ...Read more

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My NT scan came out good but my blood work came back high risk for down syndrome(1:155) what are my chances for a healthy baby?

My NT scan came out good but my blood work came back high risk for down syndrome(1:155) what are my chances for a healthy baby?

High risk Downs: That means that you have a 1 in 155 chance of having a baby with down's syndrome. Keep in mind, you are young, and downs is more common in women of advanced maternal age. Speaking to the doctor that ordered the test is also very important. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 30 years old, my AFP screening read 1 out 74 risk for down syndrome. What to do if I am scared!?

What to do if I am 30 years old, my AFP screening read 1 out 74 risk for down syndrome. What to do if I am scared!?

Time for consultatn: You could consult with a geneticist to see what your real risks are before doing anything. An estimated 4% of pregnancies end up with unexpected results, cleft lip, premi, sick, defects and your study adds another 1.5%. A review of both parents family tree may reveal more issues.You may just want answers to keep from unraveling and a chromosome study (amnio) can confirm or exclude it. ...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

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What causes down syndrome?

DNA defects: Chromosome 21 seems to be the cause. Two most common types are trisomy 21 where ther is an entire extra chromosome in each cell. The other is translocation where only an extra piece of the chromosome is found. It can be an isolated defect or an inherited defect. Rare exotic forms include polyploidy and haploid forms and chimeras. Sorry you asked? ...Read more

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Is Down syndrome inherited?

Is Down syndrome inherited?

Not usually: The only way to inherit down syndrome is if one parent has down syndrome and passes 2 copies of chromosome 21. Few people with ds reproduce, so that is not usually a factor. ...Read more

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How is down syndrome treated?

Medical/education: Children with Downs Syndrome have special medical and educational needs that should be determined in each individual. Doctors and Psychologists or educational specialists can determine what the needs are and how best to meet them. ...Read more

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Why is my baby down syndrome?

Why is my baby 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.In ds the pair of moms 21c +dad's 21 creates a baby with the three 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

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How is Down syndrome treated?

Supportive care: Down syndrome has a well recognized pattern of obvious features and several common vulnerabilities. An evaluation for treatable heart defects and other problems helps assure the patient with best chance at a good life. Supportive care for their academic and growth challenges is also required.With modern health care, these patients can live well into their 60's in a protected environment. ...Read more

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Why does Down syndrome happen?

Mistake in chromosom: During the formation of normal eggs or sperm the chromosome(c) pairs are supposed to split leaving one of each in the egg/sperm.At conception the joining of egg/sperm brings together the pair & as tissue grows it has the proper number in each cell. With ds the egg has a pair of 21c and at conception a triple 21 is created. All cells derived after will have an extra 21 & become a ds child. ...Read more

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How is Down syndrome inherited?

How is Down syndrome inherited?

Rarely: Downs syndrome is usually related to a trisomy defect that develops during the initial cleavage of the cells during primary fetal development. A form can occur as a translocation that may be carried by a parent. An assumption is that the 21 chromosome may be damaged by maternal age or by some environmental factor that then results in downs syndrome. Most cases are just by chance. ...Read more

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How can you inherit down syndrome?

Depends on parents: An unaffected mother or father could have a balanced(normal) set of chromasome material where a piece of one 21 chromasome is stuck on another.If the egg or sperm had the normal 21 and an extra 21piece hidden on another chromasome, they could pass it to the baby. It only takes an extra piece of 21 to cause ds.It is important to study ds to verify type, as translocation ds can recur each pregnany. ...Read more

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Down syndrome is autosomal dominat?

Down syndrome is autosomal dominat?

No autosomal: 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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