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What population is affected by down syndrome?

What population is affected by down syndrome?

Confusing question: Down syndrome is present in any racial, ethnic, social, economic or other group in any country in the world. It can occur to women giving birth at any age but is more common in older mothers. ...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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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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Which parts of the nervous system are affected by down syndrome?

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?

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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My sister has a two yrs old Down syndrome boy.What is the chance that a second baby is also affected?Is there chance to reduce the risk?

My sister has a two yrs old Down syndrome boy.What is the chance that a second baby is also affected?Is there chance to reduce the risk?

Depends: Traditional ds (>85%) have an extra 21 chromosome & recurrence risk runs 1% for young mothers but 1% + the age factor as a women ages. There are uncommon forms of ds due to transfer of pieces between chromosome where the mom or dad could be an asymptomatic carrier. The % of those varies with the defect & it would be best to consult a geneticist. If regular ds, the numbers above apply. ...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?

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