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What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome (also called Trisomy 21) is a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately 1 of 830 live births. It is the leading cause of cognitive impairment. Down syndrome is associated with mild to moderate learning disabilities, developmental delays, characteristic facial features, and low muscle tone in early infancy. Many individuals with Down syndrome also have heart defects, leukemia, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, gastro-intestinal problems, and other health issues. The symptoms of Down syndrome range from mild to severe.

Life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome has dramatically increased over the past few decades as medical care and social inclusion have improved. A person with Down syndrome in good health will on average live to age 55 or beyond.

Down syndrome is named after Dr. Langdon Down, who in 1866 first described the syndrome as a disorder. Although Down made some important observations about Down syndrome, he did not correctly identify what causes the disorder. It wasn't until 1959 that scientists discovered the genetic origin of Down syndrome.

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Comment from: manu, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 05

He is not physically disabled but there is a problem of mental since. He is of age 10 but behaves as a child of 4-5 years. There is something wrong with his vocal as he is not able to speak out clearly. Please refer me treatment for this problem.

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Comment from: jakki, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 25

I have a 24 year old Down syndrome girl; she recently was exposed to measles. I am puzzled because she was vaccine.

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