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 for trisomy 13 depends on the affected individual's condition and is generally symptomatic and supportive. 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 post-surgical recovery or prolonged survival.
Last updated: 1/20/2015
- Chambers D. Trisomy 13. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001660.htm. Accessed 10/13/2009.
- Best RG, Stallworth J. Patau Syndrome. eMedicine. 2007; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/947706-overview. Accessed 10/13/2009.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare 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.