By: Jared Foley
What is it?
Treatment can help it is a chromosome 21 disorder and it causes developmental delays. It can cause mental retardation and other disorders. There are no known cures.
Down syndrome can be identified during pregnancy by prenatal screening followed by diagnostic testing or after birth by direct observation and genetic testing. Since the introduction of screening, pregnancies with the diagnosis are often terminated.Regular screening for health problems is recommended throughout the person's life.Life expectancy is around 50 to 60 years with proper health care.
The treatments can help but Down syndrome can not be cured. The treatments can vary
from therapy to education and health care.
Famous actor Lauren potter has Down syndrome.
The exact cause of the extra chromosome that triggers Down syndrome is unknown.
One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition.