Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome.
Patients with Down syndrome often have mild to moderate learning disabilities. The disorder is linked with developmental delays and characteristic facial features.
Many individuals with Down syndrome also suffer from heart defects, leukemia, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, gastro-intestinal problems, and other health issues.
Over the past few decades, life expectancy for individuals with Down Syndrome has dramatically increased as medical care and social inclusion have improved. A person with Down syndrome in good health can live to be 55 or older.
Some of the best treatment centers in the U.S. for Down Syndrome patients are:
Down Syndrome Program
Division of Human Genetics
CT Children's Medical Center
65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT
© Newsmax. All rights reserved.