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Why would a baby have epicanthal folds if he doesn't have down's syndrome?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe

Epicanthal folds are normal in asian races.
Outside of asia, epicanthal folds can be part of down syndrome or other syndromes. Epicanthal folds alone may not be reason for a medical genetics referral. If other anomalies are present (low set ears, joint/bone disorders, low iq, webbed nec), then referral is certainly warranted.

In brief: Maybe

Epicanthal folds are normal in asian races.
Outside of asia, epicanthal folds can be part of down syndrome or other syndromes. Epicanthal folds alone may not be reason for a medical genetics referral. If other anomalies are present (low set ears, joint/bone disorders, low iq, webbed nec), then referral is certainly warranted.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Often just normal

In early infancy the inner epicanthal folds can be a common variation in normal facial development.
As the face grows, and the nasal root moves forward it often disappears.

In brief: Often just normal

In early infancy the inner epicanthal folds can be a common variation in normal facial development.
As the face grows, and the nasal root moves forward it often disappears.
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