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Clinical practice. The care of children with Down syndrome.

Weijerman ME, de Winter JP - Eur. J. Pediatr. (2010)

Bottom Line: This longer life expectancy requires giving the necessary care to the individual with DS over their total longer lifespan.DS medical guidelines are designed for the optimal care of the child in whom a diagnosis of DS has been confirmed.We present an overview of the most important issues related to children with DS based on the most relevant literature currently available.

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Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, VU University Medical Center, P.O. Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands. weijerman@vumc.nl

ABSTRACT
Down syndrome (DS) is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities. Because of medical advances and improvements in overall medical care, the median survival of individuals with DS has increased considerably. This longer life expectancy requires giving the necessary care to the individual with DS over their total longer lifespan. DS medical guidelines are designed for the optimal care of the child in whom a diagnosis of DS has been confirmed. We present an overview of the most important issues related to children with DS based on the most relevant literature currently available.

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A 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome
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Fig2: A 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome

Mentions: The characteristics of DS and specific clinical signs at birth can guide the decision to perform karyotype testing for the confirmation of a DS diagnosis (Table 1, Figs. 1, 2) [20, 30]. Hypotonia is the most striking characteristic, but others include a “Simian fold”(Fig. 3), drinking problems, signs of a CHD, a congenital defect of the gastrointestinal tract or cataract. It will take several days before the first results of the karyotyping can confirm a clinical suspicion of DS.Table 1


Clinical practice. The care of children with Down syndrome.

Weijerman ME, de Winter JP - Eur. J. Pediatr. (2010)

A 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig2: A 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome
Mentions: The characteristics of DS and specific clinical signs at birth can guide the decision to perform karyotype testing for the confirmation of a DS diagnosis (Table 1, Figs. 1, 2) [20, 30]. Hypotonia is the most striking characteristic, but others include a “Simian fold”(Fig. 3), drinking problems, signs of a CHD, a congenital defect of the gastrointestinal tract or cataract. It will take several days before the first results of the karyotyping can confirm a clinical suspicion of DS.Table 1

Bottom Line: This longer life expectancy requires giving the necessary care to the individual with DS over their total longer lifespan.DS medical guidelines are designed for the optimal care of the child in whom a diagnosis of DS has been confirmed.We present an overview of the most important issues related to children with DS based on the most relevant literature currently available.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, VU University Medical Center, P.O. Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands. weijerman@vumc.nl

ABSTRACT
Down syndrome (DS) is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities. Because of medical advances and improvements in overall medical care, the median survival of individuals with DS has increased considerably. This longer life expectancy requires giving the necessary care to the individual with DS over their total longer lifespan. DS medical guidelines are designed for the optimal care of the child in whom a diagnosis of DS has been confirmed. We present an overview of the most important issues related to children with DS based on the most relevant literature currently available.

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Related in: MedlinePlus