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What part of the body does Down syndrome affect?

What part of the body does Down syndrome affect?

Whole body: Individuals with Down syndrome have the extra chromosome in every cell of the body. There is a high incidence of heart and other organ systems that are affected ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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What part of the body does Down Syndrome affect?

What part of the body does Down Syndrome affect?

Every cell: The defect of DS is triggered by an extra chromosome in every cell of the body. Sometimes this will result in a heart defect, sometimes not. It usually effects the formation of facial structures, making many appear similar, other problems can emerge as they grow older, like scoliosis, a tendercy toward thyroid problems, etc. ...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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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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Is Down syndrome common in some parts of the world?

Is Down syndrome common in some parts of the world?

Everywhere: Down syndrome is a recognized chromosome defect that affects every ethnic group and social class in the world. ...Read more

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Which parts of the nervous system are affected by down syndrome?

Confusing question: Every cell of the nervous system has the ds chromosome pattern so the point of your question is confusing their brain acquires & processes information in a qualitatively different way. They acquire words/language & developmental milestones later. If you have a more specific question, start over & define it clearly. ...Read more

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What parts the of the nervous system that are affected by down syndrome?

Down's Syndrome: This syndrome has multiple physical effects, but the primary part of the nervous system affected is the brain. Intellectual development will be limited, and so will judgment, attention span, etc. Learning will be slow. For more information: http://tinyurl. Com/3c4rwpl. ...Read more

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How can Down syndrome affect the body or mind?

Many things: Very lengthy list to address in 400 characters. Here is some information: http://www. Ndss. Org/Down-Syndrome/What-Is-Down-Syndrome/ ...Read more

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What would be a good way to cure down syndrome? What would be a way to remove the extra chromosome from every cell in the body? I need a good idea. Thanks :)

No cure: Unfortunately there is no cure for down syndrome. there is research ging on looking ito the possiblity of inactivating one of the three 21 chromosomes, but it is in early stages and it is not known what the outcome would be from doing so ...Read more

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I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?

No: Although some ds kids have life threatening conditions at birth these are usually recognized & fixed as they would for any other newborn. In life they have many challenges but generally live out a long life if these issues are managed. Expected lifespan of a newborn with ds today exceeds 60 yrs. ...Read more

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If my grandma and I have down syndrome, but my parents don't, can my child have down syndrome?

Confusing question: Certainly women with Down syndrome are fertile, achieving puberty at the same time as most of their age group. They can have infants that are both normal and have down syndrome. The question is an articulate one, more so than some of the physician answers. You appear to be stating ds skipped a generation in your family. Unless yours is a mosaic form, I doubt you are ds, ? Who is writing this? ...Read more

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If my grandma have Down syndrome and me and my parents don't, is it possible that my child have down syndrome?

Unlikely: The traditional 21 ds female is capable of having healthy babies and at least half would not have ds. Those healthy babies would not have more than 1% risk having a ds kid nor would their kids. Less than 2% of ds patients are balanced carriers of an extra piece or a 21, and the chance that they would have any normal kids (your parent) approaches zero. ...Read more

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I am doing a presentation for my class on down syndrome and I need to know why it isn't dominant or recessive. P.S. I need a simplified answer

Seek info here: Lots of HT doctors have answered this for others - here's a start. Just dig a bit further, but it's a good reply.


Source: HealthTap, https://edc1.healthtap. Com/user_questions/22610 ...Read more

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If I have some of the physical signs of Down syndrome like a simian crease but don't have down syndrome, am I more likely to have a child with downs?

If I have some of the physical signs of Down syndrome like a simian crease but don't have down syndrome, am I more likely to have a child with downs?

No: Some of the features seen in Down syndrome persons are also seen in other hereditary disorders, and some features are seen in normal people. A normal person can have a single horizontal palmar crease (simian crease), but his simian crease is just a trait he has, and has nothing to do with down syndrome. A normal person with a simian crease is not more likely to have a Down syndrome baby. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if Down syndrome isn't genetic, why is it a genetic condition?

Can you tell me if Down syndrome isn't genetic, why is it a genetic condition?

Word games: Many people lump together chromosomal defects with gene disorders just because they can have similar appearance and or are studied by "geneticists". Ds is present when the patient has extra chromosome material (whole or part) of the 21 chromosome. A gene defect would be what causes cystic fibrosis, where a mutation in the ctfr gene triggers the abnormality. ...Read more

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If I don't intend to have abortion, why should I let them screen for down syndrome?

For knowledge: Down syndrome screening help parents prepare for the birth and future care of a Down syndrome baby. Most initial screening during pregnancy carries no risk to the infant. Many women choose to be screened even if they plan to continue the pregnancy regardless of the result. ...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?

Down syndrome: Down's syndrome may be detected before birth (prenatally) or after birth (postnatally). It cannot be cured but treatment and support can help someone with Down's syndrome to lead an active life. A number of advice and support groups are available for people with Down's syndrome and their families and carers. ...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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How do you diagnose down syndrome?

Karyoytype.: Dna analysis or karyotype is diagnostic of Down syndrome both prenatally and postnatally. ...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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How does a person get down syndrome?

Chromosomal abnormal: Down syndrome is caused be a chromosomal abnormality tha occurs at the time of fertilization. It is usually associated with the fertilization of an egg carrying2 number 21 chromosomes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch down syndrome?

Is it possible to catch down syndrome?

Down syndrome: Down syndrome is not an infection, it is a genetic chromosome problem. Someone with Down's syndrome has an extra copy of chromosome 21 in the cells of their body. You cannot catch it from someone. ...Read more