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Alternative Medicine


Alternative Medicine

Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome (or part thereof) on chromosome pair 21, so that the cells of the people have three chromosomes in the pair, however, there are only two in normal condition. This inborn error occurs spontaneously, without any apparent justification.

Down syndrome is named after the surname of the British physician John Langdon Haydon Down, which was first described it in 1866. He found several clinical features that were common in a particular group of people, but was unable to determine its causes. However, it was in July 1958, when the French geneticist Jérôme Lejeune discovered that the syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality of chromosome 21.

Down syndrome is the leading cause of intellectual disability and the most common human genetic disorder.

The incidence increases with maternal age, especially when it exceeds 35 years, being the only risk factor shown to have a child with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a disease and therefore requires no medical treatment as such. Furthermore, it is impossible to know the causes of the problem, hence, it is very difficult to avoid it.

The health of children with Down syndrome does not have anything different with other child, so, in many cases if their health is good or bad, it has nothing to do with trisomy. Therefore, we can have healthy children with Down syndrome, not having any physical disability or issues.

They are health complications related to their genetic alteration: congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, hearing or vision problems, bowel abnormalities, neurological, endocrine. These situations require specific care and appropriate monitoring especially at birth. Fortunately most of them are treatable, either through medication or by...