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Why are av canal defects associated with?Down syndrome?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Patterns
The extra chromosome in every cell causes confusion in the formation of every complex organ system of the body.
The heart is quite complex, and the AV canal defect is more or less a failure of the heart to complete itself (the walls between chambers form near the end of the normal process).The pattern of facial features, hand features, etc all represent this pattern of interference in formation.

In brief: Patterns
The extra chromosome in every cell causes confusion in the formation of every complex organ system of the body.
The heart is quite complex, and the AV canal defect is more or less a failure of the heart to complete itself (the walls between chambers form near the end of the normal process).The pattern of facial features, hand features, etc all represent this pattern of interference in formation.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Yes
While not every baby with down syndrome has this heart condition, it is one of the most common heart defects associated with ds.
It is generally quite easy to diagnose once the baby is born.

In brief: Yes
While not every baby with down syndrome has this heart condition, it is one of the most common heart defects associated with ds.
It is generally quite easy to diagnose once the baby is born.
Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
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