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Down syndrome

How do babies get down syndrome?What are some of the signs doctors detect linking to the syndrome in ultrsounds?Could they also tell through a 4d ultrasound by looking at the face or a level 2 ultrasound?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Oct. 25, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • it's a chromosomal disorder. Basically, bad genes or the baby's DNA doesn't form correctly at conception.

    first they offer you a blood test that looks for certain hormones in your blood that indicate the chance of downs. This blood test is called a Triple Screen. It also looks for other defects like spinabifida. (sp?)

    if this test shows risk of downs they will most likely set up a level 2 ultrasound where the tech looks more closely at things like the heart, and the skin at the back of the neck.

    amniocentesis is the other method of detecting it. It actually looks for the same things that the triple screen does but directly from the amniotic fluid instead of what has gotten into your blood.

    Answer by flutterfae at 2:36 PM on Oct. 25, 2008


    Answer by Christinemg0813 at 2:43 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

  • It's called Trisomy 21, it's a chromosome disorder... baby has an extra chromosome. It's no one's fault.... it could run in the family or it might just happen during conception. Calling it "bad genes" is actually pretty awful. There are plenty of Downs kids that are loved very much and are great kids! Yes, it is hard news. I've had a baby with Trisomy 18, which is a fatal genetic disorder in which the baby usally doesn't make it past birth and it if does then usually not long. Anyways, they usually can pick it up in the Triple screen and in the Ultrasound.

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 3:47 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

  • My son has Down Syndrome, if you'd like to talk feel free to send me a message!

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 4:51 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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