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Down syndrome

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* Not a rare disease
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Down's syndrome
  • Trisomy 21
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Treatment

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How might Down syndrome be treated?

Early intervention services, quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family and friends can help people with Down syndrome develop to their full potential.[1] The overall goal of treatment is to boost cognition by improving learning, memory, and speech.[2] Other treatments depend on the specific health problems or complications present in each affected person.
Last updated: 4/15/2015

References
  1. Down Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Down Syndrome Society. 2012; http://www.ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=74. Accessed 3/9/2012.
  2. DS 101. Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation. 2012; http://www.dsrtf.org/page.aspx?pid=352. Accessed 3/9/2012.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Down syndrome. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Down's syndrome
  • Trisomy 21
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.