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Is it possible for someone with edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) have children in the future if they live long enough?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Maybe
This is complicated.
First, in most cases, there is an extra chromosome in all cells so the sperm and eggs will be genetically defective anyways & so can't create an embryo. Rarely, one can have mosaicism in which some cells have trisomy 18 - theoretically, the sex cells could have the normal 23 pairs. However, there's also anatomic problems like undescended testes in males. So the odds are low.

In brief: Maybe
This is complicated.
First, in most cases, there is an extra chromosome in all cells so the sperm and eggs will be genetically defective anyways & so can't create an embryo. Rarely, one can have mosaicism in which some cells have trisomy 18 - theoretically, the sex cells could have the normal 23 pairs. However, there's also anatomic problems like undescended testes in males. So the odds are low.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Wouldn't think so
Since one has never made it to puberty I think the answer is obvious.

In brief: Wouldn't think so
Since one has never made it to puberty I think the answer is obvious.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Genetics consult
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In brief: Genetics consult
Ask your question the office of rear disease research here: http://rarediseases.
Info.Nih.Gov/gard/ or genetic consult.
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