Down Syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.
1. Trisomy 21 (95%)
2. Translocation (4%)
3. Mosaicism (1%)
1 in 700 babies in the U.S. is born with Down Syndrome each year.
Risk Factors Chances increase with age of the mother, but due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down Syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Respiratory and Hearing Problems
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Childhood Leukemia
- Thyroid Conditions
Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down Syndrome lead healthy lives.
Common Physical Traits Low Muscle Tone, Small Stature, Upward Slant to Eyes, A Single Deep Crease Across Palm
Life Expectancy Life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
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