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Trisomy 13


Other Names for this Disease

  • Chromosome 13, trisomy 13 complete
  • Complete trisomy 13 syndrome
  • D trisomy syndrome (formerly)
  • Patau syndrome
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Treatment

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How might trisomy 13 be treated?

Treatment of children with trisomy 13 is planned on a case-by-case basis. The type of treatment given depends on the patient's individual condition.[1] Surgical interventions are generally withheld for the first few months of life because of the high mortality rates of babies with trisomy 13. Parents and medical personnel must carefully weigh decisions about extraordinary life-prolonging measures against the severity of the neurological and physical defects that are present and the likelihood of postsurgical recovery or prolonged survival.[2]
Last updated: 1/9/2012

References
  1. Chambers D. Trisomy 13. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001660.htm. Accessed 10/13/2009.
  2. Best RG, Stallworth J. Patau Syndrome. eMedicine. 2007; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/947706-overview. Accessed 10/13/2009.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Trisomy 13. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Chromosome 13, trisomy 13 complete
  • Complete trisomy 13 syndrome
  • D trisomy syndrome (formerly)
  • Patau syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.