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Edwards/Trisomy Syndrome What is it?
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:
Testicles that won't drop
Weight at birth is low
Legs that won't uncross
Born with crossed legs
Slow mental capabilities
Hole /split in eye
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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