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Down syndrome


* Not a rare disease
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Down's syndrome
  • Trisomy 21
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  • Can Down syndrome be treated? Where can I learn about ongoing research studies? Click here for answer

  • What causes Down syndrome? Click here for answer

  • I lost a daughter in the late 70's due to complications from long segment Hirschsprung disease. I also lost a little sister when she was 6 months-old. She had Down syndrome, a heart defect, cleft lip and cleft palate, and a single kidney. Are these conditions related? My children are thinking about starting a family of their own. They would like to learn more about risks to their future offspring. Click here for answer

  • I have a single palmar crease on both of my hands.  Do I have an increased chance of having a child with Down syndrome or another chromosome disorder? Click here for answer

  • My daughter is 9 months old and has Down syndrome. She also has a strong, fish-like odor coming from the mouth. Is it possible that she could also have trimethylaminuria? How might a person be tested for this condition? Click here for answer

  • My second daughter, age one year, is affected by Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). The doctors here say that there is no cure for Down syndrome. Can't the extra chromosome be delinked from other cells? Can't the extra chromosome be deactivated? Please help us, if there is any cure for Down syndrome. Click here for answer