Down Syndrome

By: Ryan Meents

Who Discovered Down Syndrome and who has done research on the Disease? What is the current status of the research for the Disease?

In 1959, Jérôme Lejeune identified Down Syndrome as a Chromosomal Condition.

What are the signs and symptoms of Down Syndrome?

The most common signs of Down Syndrome include:

  • decreased on poor muscle tone
  • small head, ears, and mouth
  • wide, short hands with short fingers

The most common symptoms of Down Syndrome include:

  • Short attention span
  • Poor Judgement
  • Slow learning

How often does Down Syndrome occur in the population? (how common is it?)

Down Syndrome occurs 1 in every 800-1000 births. Approximately 5000 births per year for children with Down Syndrome.

Is Down Syndrome more frequent among a certain gender, or ethnicity?

Children can be born with Down Syndrome regardless of Gender, or Ethnicity, or Social Economic Status.

What types of treatments are given for someone who has Down Syndrome?

Treatments for Down Syndrome include:

  • Regular Check- ups and Screening
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Counseling and Support

What is the typical prognosis of someone who has Down Syndrome?

People with Down Syndrome are living longer. They are receiving greater attention. They develop skills that are required to be able to hold jobs with the help of adults and other family members and live semi independently.


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