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Edwards/Trisomy Syndrome What is it?

Updated on September 21, 2012

Edwards Syndrome/ Trisomy Syndrome is where a person has three copies of Chromasomal 18 instead of two. Chromasomal 18 is a chromosome in your body. A chromosomal is a structured dna /protiens in your body. Chromasomol 18 in the human body is suppossed to be found in pairs. Edwards Disease occurs when a third chromasome becomes attached making it a third copy. We get one copy of chromasome 18 from each parent.Edwards disease is also known as Chromasomal 18/Trisomy disease.

Symptoms of Edwards disease include:

Mishapen chest

Testicles that won't drop

Weight at birth is low

Legs that won't uncross

Born with crossed legs

Slow mental capabilities

Physical defects

Heart disease

Abnormal fingerprints

Hole /split in eye

Kidney disease

Severe retardation

Edwards disease can be found in pregnancies by. Larger than normal uterus,more amniotic fluid,small placenta.There are tests that can be run during pregnancy, as well as genetic testing. Edwards syndrome is a genetic disease.

Individual children with Edwards disease, require individual, case by case treatments.They include surgery,proper diet/nutrition,making sure infections are caught and treated fast, treatments for heart disease and medication.

Sadly, 99% of the children born with Edwards / Trisomy disease, will perish by age ten. Some children will perish a few weeks after birth,however some have made it to their teen years.

There is no known cure at this time, Only treatment for symptoms.

There are many support groups for families of children afflicted with Edwards disease.

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  • Rusti Mccollum profile imageAUTHOR

    Ruth McCollum 

    5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thankyou so much, I wrote it hoping it would help people. There are supports groups everywhere. I'm sure they can easily be found. i am so sorry for the los of a child. Prayers to all of you.

  • vespawoolf profile image


    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I knew a couple whose little girl was born with Edwards. She died by the time she was 4. It as so traumatic for the family and expensive with all the medical bills. Thank you for informing us about this disease. It's good to know there are support groups for the families.

  • kashmir56 profile image

    Thomas Silvia 

    5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Rusti, i have not heard of Edwards Syndrome/ Trisomy Syndrome before but found this information very interesting and informative . Well done !

    Vote up and more !!!


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