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Prenatal screening and diagnosis are routinely offered for detection of neural tube defects (NTDs), Down syndrome, and trisomy 18.
Since the introduction of cell-free DNA testing, screening for trisomy 13 has also been offered.
Many babies with the condition will have one or all of the following features at birth: low muscle tone (a floppy baby), a face that appears flatter with eyes slanting upward, small ears and a wider neck than usual, a crease across the palm of the hand and a gap between the toes. While intellectual disability is a feature of the syndrome, those with the condition will develop and learn throughout life, but at a slower pace than usual.
There is no cure for a child born with this condition but many symptoms can be treated and special early intervention programs are enabling these individuals to develop their potential.
If an egg or sperm carrying 24 chromosomes combines with an egg or sperm carrying the usual 23 chromosomes, the result will be an individual with cells in which there are 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46.
Thus there will be three copies of a particular chromosome in the cells rather than two.
Anencephaly is almost always fatal at or within a few hours of birth.
The survival rate and the degree of handicap (surgically correctable to severely disabling) of children with meningomyelocele or encephalocele vary with the location and severity of the lesion and the treatment given.
Irrespective of whether or not you decide to have an invasive test, it is recommended that you have a scan at 20 weeks to check for physical abnormalities.A child with Down syndrome can usually do most things that any young child can do such as walking, talking, dressing and being toilet trained although they may do these things later than other children.In each human cell, except for the egg and sperm cells, there are 46 chromosomes, made up of 23 pairs.Therefore, most people have had at some time, a chromosomally abnormal conception which may have miscarried or not even been recognised as a pregnancy because the miscarriage occurred so early.
The only way to know for sure whether or not the fetus has a chromosomal abnormality is by having an invasive test such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis (amnio).Sometimes, when the egg and sperm are forming, a mistake occurs so that the chromosome pairs do not separate in an ordered fashion.